Donate Healthy Foods

When you donate to a food shelf, think about the quality of the food you are donating. Many people who receive food from emergency food programs rely on this food for regular meals, so nutrition is important. Many clients are at risk for health problems, especially the elderly. Good nutrition can help them cope with the physical and mental stress they face in their lives. Avoid the temptation to donate that old can of food that nobody in your house will ever eat. Chances are, if no one in your house wants it, no one at the food shelf would like it either. Never donate dented or bent cans of food, food in damaged packages, or out-of-date food. The food shelf will just have to dispose of these items.

PLEASE donate during business hours ONLY, or give us a call to set up a time that works for you! We don't want any of our wildlife friends stealing any of our donations!

Here are some ideas for donating high quality, nutritious food:

We are looking for donations of:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruits
  • Bottle Juices
  • Canned Meats
  • Pasta

We would really appreciate your donation!


  • Cereals
  • Pasta of All Kinds
  • Rice Pilaf Mix
  • Crackers
  • Rice (Brown or White)
  • Flour (Whole Wheat and White)

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Canned Tomato Juice and Sauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Canned Vegetables (Corn, Green Beans, Peas)
  • Canned Tomatoes (Whole, Puree, Paste)
  • Applesauce
  • Canned Fruits (Pears, Peaches)
  • Dried Fruit (Raisins, Prunes, Apricots)
  • 100% Fruit Juice rather than syrup


  • Canned Milk
  • Dry Milk

Meat and Protein

  • Canned Beans (Kidney, Garbanzo, Pinto, etc.)
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken, Ham or Salmon
  • Dry Beans (Kidney, Garbanzo, Pinto, etc.)
  • Dry Roasted Nuts
  • Canned Baked Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hearty Beef or Chicken Soup


  • Sugar
  • Personal Care Products (deodorant, toliet paper)
  • Baby Food (Carefully check expiration)
  • Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, mayo, salsa
  • Dried Herbs: Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder,
  • Chili Powder
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Salad Dressing
  • Vegetable Oil

Contact Us

P.O. Box 676                         111 Industrial Ave. S.      Gaylord, MN 55334

(507) 237 – 5253