Sponsor a Food Drive
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 Napkins
Paper towels
Foam Plates

Plastic foam bowls
Non-powdered plastic     disposable serving gloves
Plastic to go bags 
Trash bags (30 and 55

Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Bathroom cleaner 
Toilet paper
Glass cleaner 
Stainless steel cleaner
Toiletry Needs

Shaving Cream

Disposable Razors
If you are interested in sponsoring a "Fill-a-Bag" drive to help guests of the St. John’s food for the Poor Program, please email info@stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org.