Food drives are a great way to help us put food on our shelves while adding the element of variety. As a client choice pantry, we pride ourselves on offering our clients the dignity and respect of choosing which foods they take to feed their family and themselves.

Here is a general list of items that are typically needed in our pantry.

Please reach out to Susan Erspamer at if you'd like to host a drive!

Food Items

  • Canned Products
  • Fruit or Vegetable Juice
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Skillet Meals (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Shelf Stable Protein (tuna, canned chicken)
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Soup
  • Boxed Meals

Personal Care &
Household Items

  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deoderant
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine Care Products
  • Toilet Paper
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Household Cleaning Supplies
  • Adult Incontinence Products

Drive Ideas

  • Breakfast Drive
  • PB&J Drive
  • Personal Care Drive
  • School Supply Drive
  • Cereal Drive
  • Juice Drive

How to Host a Food Drive for Us

1. Plan Your Food Drive

  • Determine the Duration: Decide the start and end dates for your food drive.
  • Set a Goal: Establish a target for food or funds you aim to collect.
  • Choose a Location: Select a central location where people can drop off their donations.
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2. Get Permission

  • Secure Necessary Approvals: If you're hosting the drive at a workplace, school, or public space, ensure you have the necessary permissions.

3. Spread the Word

  • Create Promotional Materials: Design flyers, posters, and social media posts to advertise your food drive.
  • Social Media Campaigns: Use email and social media to inform friends, family, colleagues, and community members about the drive.

4. Collect Donations

  • Set Up Collection Bins: Place clearly labeled bins in accessible locations.
  • Accept Various Donations: Please see the list below of donations often in need.

5. Arrange Transportation

  • Coordinate Pickup or Drop-off: Plan how the collected items will be transported to Hospitality House Food Pantry.
  • Contact Susan for Assistance: Reach out to Susan at Hospitality House ( to coordinate the delivery.

6. Thank Your Donors

  • Thank Yous: Acknowledge everyone who contributed to the food drive.
  • Share the Results: Inform participants of the success of the food drive and the impact of their contributions.