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 during the hours of 2:00pm–5:00pm or during normal operating hours, 9:30 am – 5:00pm. 

Our most needed items include:

  • Fresh fruits (oranges, apples, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, grapes, berries)
  • Fresh vegetables (cucumbers, celery, peppers, lettuce, eggplant)
  • Canned chili
  • Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4oz – 1lb
  • Canned meat (chicken, beef, turkey, or seafood), 2oz – 15oz
  • Rice, 16oz packages
  • Spaghetti sauce, 14oz – 1lb (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.)
  • Canned pasta
  • Fruit juice (100% juice) 32oz – 64oz
  • We are also happy to accept perishable items such as meats or dairy products that are sealed, still in their original packaging, and unexpired

How to Hold a Successful Food Drive

Food drives are an easy way to get your local community involved and make a difference.  Here is a helpful document to help you achieve your goal:


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.

Power Pack Program (P3) Packing Event

Hosting a P3 packing event allows us to provide elementary-school students with a supplemental pack of food for the weekend. Each person in the group can bring an item that needs to go into the packs, assemble the packs together, and deliver them to us. We’ll then deliver them to one of the 30 elementary schools we serve.

Helpful documents to achieve your goal:

Over 72% of work done at Food for Others is performed by volunteers.  That is the equivalent of 13 full time staff members!  We could not provide the level of service and quantity of food to our clients without the dedication of our amazing volunteers.  Thank you so much!

Groups of people can volunteer in our warehouse and assist with sorting produce and canned goods, assembling Power Packs for elementary school children, unloading trucks, and/or general cleaning.

General Group Volunteer Info:

  • Group shifts in our warehouse are Monday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm OR 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Group size is between 5-20 people
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old
  • Children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult

To schedule a group, please email volunteer@foodforothers.org