A food drive can help provide much-needed food for St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, and food drives are easy and fun to coordinate. Organized by individuals, families, churches, and in the work place, food drives promote hunger awareness while helping those in greatest need. To assist in organizing a food drive, we have created a Food Drive Organization Kit that can be downloaded or by contacting us to mail it to you.

Donate Bulk Items

Every morning St. John’s Food for the Poor Program volunteer cooks start cooking, preparing food in the large quantities to serve up to 700 hot nutritious meals. Donations of case-pack and bulk-size cans, jars and bags contribute to a more efficient and productive food operation. A donation of one 4-lb. can of tuna serves as many guests as ten 6-oz. cans, while reducing labor and packaging disposal.

Corporate and Foundation Opportunities

When corporations and foundations partner with St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, they can be assured it will benefit all who are involved in our nonprofit organization, especially those who need it the most. The efforts and generosity of our corporate and foundation partners is extraordinary, both in their giving and in their support of the personal involvement of their employee volunteers in our soup kitchen and food pantry.

Commercial Donations

Over 100 million pounds of edible food are thrown away each year by large retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, and farmers. Stop & Shop knows this and that’s why they are so generous in supporting St. John’s Food for the Poor Program.

When giving food and goods, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996, protects donors “from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient,” except for cases of “gross negligence or intentional misconduct.”

Donate Non-Food Items

Food and non-food items are always in critical need at the center, including toiletries for the homeless, plastic bags for take-home food and box lunches for the working poor, and pet food.
Merchandise Needs

Laundry detergent

Plastic cups

Foam food-to-go containers 

Plastic knives and forks 


Paper towels

Foam Plates

Plastic foam bowls

Non-powdered plastic    disposable serving gloves

Plastic to-go bags 

Trash bags (30 and 55 gallon)

Aluminum foil

Plastic wrap

Bathroom cleaner 

Toilet paper

Glass cleaner 

Stainless steel cleaner
Toiletry Needs






Shaving Cream


Disposable Razors