Building Strong Families
Creating a Healthy Community
Raising The Standard of Giving
SafeKids encourages youth in crisis toward safety, success and reconciliation.
Youth Connection Points
Crisis Intervention – Youth Center(s) – Emergency Shelter and Respite Care – Case Management and Counseling Services
Equine Therapy – Personal Growth Programs
Exhibiting a passionate commitment to our mission – A consistent attitude of compassionate service
Acting with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity – Demonstrating the highest standards of accountability
Storage space is often in short supply at food banks, so prioritization is key.
- Money. We can access to lower cost supplies, so a cash donation may go further, plus we’re able to get exactly what students need.
- Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
- Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
- Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.)
- Boxed meals THAT REQUIRE ONLY WATER. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.
- Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios
- Peanut butter
- Instant oatmeal, instant grits
- Cans of beans
- Pasta, pasta sauce
- Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water)
- Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
- Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars
- Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes
- Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, warm socks, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
- Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
- Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
- Sliced bread. It’s got a long shelf life but always goes immediately.
- Bags of apples or potatoes. Ditto.
- Chocolate. It’s not a necessity but just a pick-me-up that I would sure appreciate, especially when it comes time to fill stockings.
* Consider donating reusable sturdy shopping bags. Supplies are heavy plus it takes a lot of humility to come to a food bank. Since they’ll likely be walking home or taking public transportation, it’s nice to at least blend in.