In-Kind Giving

We are always happy to receive in-kind donations of the types listed below. To make a donation, please stop by during business hours or email, or call (617) 236-8132 to arrange a drop-off time.


This year, we hope to pass out NEW winter hats, gloves, and socks to guests in the soup kitchen on Christmas day and we need your help to make this happen! Can you organize a group of friends or family from your school, church, neighborhood, or other communities to help us collect these items over the coming weeks? Contact for more info or if you can help. 


During your holiday drive, why not consider supporting residents of our low-income housing? The following items are especially appreciated. Contact 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


Dudley Dough is seeking:

  • A stand mixer
  • An electric griddle
  • An immersion blender
  • A small coffee grinder
  • A mandolin slicer
  • A professional whipped cream dispenser


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.)


Each Monday morning, we open the “clothing room” for our soup kitchen guests. For more information about the clothing room and clothing donations, email

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


  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Travel-sized toiletries of all kinds, especially soap, body-wash, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Hand lotion
  • Lip-balm

Kitchenware (used in our soup kitchen):

  • Cutlery/flatware, especially spoons and forks
  • Sharp chopping knives
  • Mugs
  • Microwave-safe bowls and plates