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Run a Food Drive

Run a Food Drive

Hosting a food drive can be easy and fun, and it is a great project for a club, scout troop, school, business, or neighborhood to do together. Food Drive projects can promote team building, provide community service activities, and are a fantasitc way for your organization or business to show your support for the community.

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Make Kids' Bags

Make Kids' Bags

Preparing individual Kid’s Bags for Open Table guests aged 12 and under is a wonderful group project and a fun way for children to get involved with helping others.

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Donate Groceries

Donate Groceries

Your grocery donation in any quantity helps us keep our pantries well stocked. It all adds up!

Our Suggestions for Donating Groceries handout can be printed for aid in collecting or purchasing groceries for donation.

Grocery items may be dropped off at either of our donation locations or at several drop-off locations throughout the community.

Help Us Keep Our Pantries Well Stocked with Healthy, Nutritious Foods

Each week our pantry market offers our guests a choice of fresh produce, dairy, and meats, as well as shelf stable (non-perishable) items. You can help us provide the non-perishable food that our guests need and prefer to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families.

While we are able to source food from the Greater Boston Food Bank as well as from local farms and retail outlets, we are always seeking certain non-perishable foods. During seasonal changes or holidays, this list may expand.

We can only accept unopened, non-perishable food that has not expired. We ask that you check the “use by” date before donating.

We cannot accept baked goods, refrigerated or frozen items or prepared foods unless they are being donated by a certified food service or retail organization.

We are no longer accepting pet food donations, as we try to steamline our food distribution process during the COVID crisis. If you have pet food to donate, we recommend contacting Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury.

We welcome any and all who wish to help by conducting a food drive, or, preparing Kid’s Bags full of healthy snacks for children. We ask that you register your activity with us so that we can best prepare for the donated items and we can, if you wish, help promote your event.


High-demand foods:

  • Cooking oils – vegetable or olive oil
  • Oatmeal or whole grain hot cereals (individual size packs welcomed)
  • Canned Soups (no tomato or chicken soup please)
  • Coffee (ground or instant, (no coffee pods please)
  • Tea and/or hot chocolate ( hot cocoa individual pack boxes welcome)
  • Almond or soy milk (shelf stable)
  • White tuna in water
  • Stews and/or other canned meat proteins
  • Pasta sauce (marinara, with meat and/or veggies)
  • Side dishes (pilaf, noodle dishes, whole grain side dishes)
  • Nuts, dried fruits, snack mixes
  • Individual snack packs of nuts, dried fruits and snack mixes
  • Gluten-free side dishes/foods of any type
  • Gluten Free Soups
  • Gluten Free Cereals (Cheerios)

Food Donation Delivery Hours

Food Donation Deliveries and Drop Off Locations