We welcome any type of food donation to help feed the hungry in the Tanana Valley!

For more specifics, below are excerpts from Reader’s Digest, Nov 2014.  This article was written by a former homeless person:

"Traditionally, those of us who give to food banks will clean out our cabinets and drop off the rejects.  I’d like to ask you to try something different this year:  Give like a hungry person, Deb Martinson.  If all your meals for the next week were coming from a donation box, what would you put in there?  Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Think simple.  A boxed cake that says JUST ADD WATER is better than one that requires milk, eggs, vegetable oil.  Instant coffee is great; ground coffee less so.
  2. Check your grocery store.  Many stores work with local food pantries to assemble bags of food you can buy and donate for five or ten bucks.  It is an easy way to give.
  3. Do give no-cook foods.  When I was homeless, I didn’t carry my microwave around.  Others have a hard time cooking if their landlord won’t fix the broken stove or if the power company shut off the electricity.  So give granola bars, crackers, Spam, tuna, peanut butter, dry milk – anything you’d take on a long hike.
  4. Don’t give outlandish things.  I once received a tub of candied fruitcake fruit from a food bank.  When I ran out of everything else and ate some I thought, I am so poor, I’ve been reduced to eating other people’s rejects.
  5. Make it easy to open.  Aseptic – or sterile – packaging and pouches are better than pull-top cans, which are better than traditional cans.  It sucks even more than usual to be hungry if you’ve got a perfectly good can of food and no way to get the thing open.  And avoid glass jars – they break too easily.
  6. Ask what’s needed.  I never would have guessed the food bank near my house needs plastic bags and clean empty boxes which hold about 20 pounds of food (not too large for a single mom or disabled person to carry).
  7. Leave food in the original packaging.  If it needs to be portioned out, volunteers at the food bank will take care of it.
  8. Be nice.  I still remember how finding cookies in my bag could make me happy all day.  When you’re poor, small things take on more significance.  Try to include at least one item you’d choose as a treat for your kids.  Someone else’s kids will love you.

Of course, the important thing is to do what you can.  Giving food to hungry people is awesome, and I love you for it no matter what you donated."

Donation hours:

  • Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday from 9am to 2pm

Companies and individuals that donate food items are protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Act.

In addition to food donations, we also ask for items needed to pack food boxes such as:

  • Plastic bags (grocery sack and produce sack size) 
  • Clean boxes 
  • Egg cartons 
  • Paper sacks