Every food donation helps in the fight against hunger – no matter how small or large. Food for Others accepts donations of food at its Merrifield warehouse Monday through Friday, preferably between 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm or during normal operating hours, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm at loading dock 2. 

During the busy fall season, we receive a high volume of food donations. There may be a short wait at the loading dock for those dropping off food. We appreciate your patience.

Our most needed items include:

  • Fresh fruits (oranges, apples, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, grapes, berries)
  • Fresh vegetables (cucumbers, celery, peppers, lettuce, eggplant)
  • Canned chili
  • Cereal
  • Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4oz – 1 lb
  • Canned meat (chicken, beef, turkey, or seafood), 2oz – 15oz
  • Rice, 16oz packages
  • Spaghetti sauce, 14oz – 1 lb (ideally in cans instead of glass)
  • Canned fruit (packed in fruit juice instead of syrup) 11oz – 20oz
  • Dried or canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc.)
  • Pasta
  • Fruit juice (100% juice) 32oz – 64oz
  • New or Clean Reusable Grocery Bags 8 ½ x 14 x 15
  • We are also happy to accept perishable items including meat and dairy products that are sealed, in their original packaging, and unexpired.

We are unable to accept donations of:

Items that are more than 3 years expired, opened items, food that is not labeled, homemade items, or cooked food.

These planning kits outlines all the information you will need to conduct a food drive in your neighborhood, with family and friends, or through your organization.

Food Drive
Planning Kit

This planning kit outlines all the information you will need to conduct a food drive in your neighborhood, with family and friends, or through your organization.

 Power Pack Program
(P3) Food Drive Kit

If you would like to collect food or assemble Power Packs with friends or co-workers, this kit will assist you in accomplishing that goal!  Power Packs are distributed to elementary school students who are in need of supplemental food on the weekends.

Student Volunteer Hours Food Drive Planning Kit

If you are a student who would like to host a food drive for service hours, check out this food drive planning kit.

The Good Samaritan Law

On October 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals and limit liability for those who provide food. This new law makes it easier to donate. Here’s how:

  • It protects donors from liability when donating to a nonprofit organization.
  • It protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient.
  • It standardizes donor liability exposure. Donors and their legal counsel no longer have to investigate liability laws in 50 states.
  • Congress recognized that the provision of food close to recommended date of sale is, in and of itself, not grounds for finding gross negligence. For example, cereal can be donated if it is marked close-to-code date for retail sale.

Donating is easier now than ever before. For complete text of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, visit the Feeding America website.