HOW TO HELP: Food Donation Guidelines

Thank you for thinking of our guests’ need for nutritious food.  Your food donations help us.  Our food donation guidelines are designed to preserve our guests’ health and address their nutritional needs.


Food Donation Q & A

Q: Can I bring leftover food?

A: We love leftovers!  But we are also very careful with them.  We gladly accept any leftover food in its original packaging.  We cannot accept food that has been out to be served.  For example, from a catered event, we can accept a tray of food that has not been opened and not set out to be served.  We cannot take a tray that has been served from.

Q: Do you want canned goods?

A: Yes!  We’d love to have a canned goods donation.  Please check expiration dates!

Q: What about frozen foods?  Are these OK to donate?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I make something in my kitchen to donate to Toni’s Kitchen?

A: Definitely, we love homemade food.  It can be anything from soup to lasagna to baked bread or goodies.  Thank you!

Click here for details about our current food donation needs.


Donations of Other Items for Our Guests 

We do regular distributions of the following items:

  • Toiletries — all kinds
  • Warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves
  • Men’s winter boots and work boots
  • Men’s underwear (new only please)
  • Warm hoodies, sweaters and sweatshirts
  • Warm coats and jackets
  • Books (limit of 20 books at a time please — our library is small)

We only distribute clothing items that are clean and in very good condition.


Drop-off Times

Toni’s Kitchen is open 9-1 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 4-6 every Sunday.  We are closed on Thanksgiving and open on Christmas Day every year.  Just come on by, we accept donations any time we are open.  No previous notice necessary!

Donations can be brought into Toni’s Kitchen.  We are just off the parking lot behind St. Luke’s Church, 73 So. Fullerton Avenue (parking lot entrance is on Union Street).