We are always happy to receive in-kind donations of the types listed below, and our most current list of needs is listed in each month’s e-newsletter. To make a donation, you are welcome to stop by our office at 23 Dartmouth Street (during business hours) OR send an email or call (617) 236-8132 to arrange a drop-off time.
If you’d like a receipt for your donation, please contact Mary Lou (617-807-1173).
RUN A CLOTHING/ITEM DRIVE!
Can you organize a group of friends or family from your school, place of worship, neighborhood, workplace, or other close community to help us collect critically needed items? We are happy to provide you with branded flyers outlining our needed items and workshop ideas to make the drive as successful as possible.
Contact Rachel for more info or if you can help.
Each Monday morning, we open the “clothing room” for our soup kitchen guests. For more information about the clothing room and clothing donations, email Cavell.
All men’s clothing donations are very much appreciated, especially:
- Men’s pants, shirts, and sweaters
- NEW men’s underwear, undershirts & socks
- Vests, sweaters & sweatshirts
- Men’s shoes & sneakers
- Winter coats & jackets
- Athletic Wear
- Suits & belts
- Winter Gear: hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
- Backpacks & tote bags
- Ponchos & rain gear
Toiletries (travel sized is preferred):
- Toothbrushes & toothpaste
- Travel-sized toiletries of all kinds, especially soap, body-wash, shampoo, conditioner)
- Hand lotion
Kitchenware (used in our soup kitchen):
- Cutlery/flatware, especially spoons and forks
- Sharp chopping knives
- Microwave-safe bowls and plates
Our soup kitchen and storage spaces are small, and we receive wonderful donations of fresh and canned food from regular partners, especially the Greater Boston Food Bank and Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Please see the following list of the most helpful food donations for us:
HIGHER PRIORITY – items we do not have regular access to and/or we purchase out of pocket:
- COOKING OILS (olive, canola, vegetable, etc.)
- VINEGARS (balsamic, red wine, apple cider)
- BAKING SUPPLIES (flour – whole wheat or white, corn meal / corn grits, sugar – brown and white, chocolate chips)
- JUICE (large bottles of SHELF STABLE fruit juice)
- ETC.- ITEMS THAT OUR GUESTS LOVE! (hot sauce, maple syrup, pancake syrup, ketchup, hot cocoa)
LOWER PRIORITY – items we regularly acquire for free through the Greater Boston Food Bank:
- PASTA (spaghetti, elbows, macaroni, penne, lasagne, any shape! + boxed mac & cheese)
- BEANS (Any type of canned beans – preferably without added sugar/corn syrups, black, white, navy, kidney, red, chickpeas/garbanzo)
- OTHER CANNED GOODS (Diced tomatoes/whole tomatoes, Pumpkin)
Unfortunately, we CANNOT accept the following items:
- Canned SOUP
- Canned vegetables (other than tomatoes)
- Individual shelf stable items (personal mac & cheese cups, single serve ramen noodles, etc.)
SUPPORT RESIDENTS OF OUR LOW-INCOME HOUSING:
Interested in supporting residents of our low-income housing? The following items are especially appreciated. Contact Jill for more information:
- Bug repellant mattress covers
- Sheets & comforters for twin beds
- Pots and pans
- Gift cards for grocery stores and clothing stores for the holidays