The Best Foods for Your Food Drive

What We're Looking For

Thank you for your interest in supporting The Stop with a food drive!
We welcome food donations that are fresh, wholesome, nutritious, and rich in the kinds of good ingredients you would want in your own home.

  • Vegetables: Low-sodium canned vegetables and vegetable juices, canned tomatoes, and pasta sauces
  • Fruits: Canned fruit, sugar-free applesauce, dried fruit, 100% fruit juices
  • Fish/Beans/Nuts: Canned tuna or chicken, canned and dried beans, low-sodium broth or bean soups, unsalted nuts, unsweetened peanut butter, canned and dried lentils
  • Dairy Alternatives: Shelf-stable unsweetened milk alternatives (rice, soy, almond, coconut etc.)
  • Grains: Brown or wild rice, whole grain pasta, cereals, trans fat-free tortillas, old-fashioned oats or low-sugar oatmeal, whole grain crackers and other snacks, granola bars, gluten-free options
  • Spices/Cooking Oils: Olive, canola, and vegetable oils, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chili powders, taco seasonings, cinnamon, baking spices
  • Baby Supplies: Baby food and formula, diapers (any size, but especially size 2-3), baby wipes
  • Hygiene Items: Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss
  • We Do Not Accept: Opened products, expired or past the best-before date product, soda/pop or sugar-added beverages, potato chips, candy, chocolate bars, ramen noodles, canned pasta

Due to our purchasing relationships with local farmers and vendors, donating money to The Stop is the single most effective way to increase your neighbours’ access to good food. Please consider recommending that your food drive participants offer a monetary donation to The Stop instead of purchasing items to donate.

Questions about what to include in your food drive? Contact Monica Bettson at [email protected].