CURRENT Food Donation Guidelines


This Month’s Most Needed Items:

  • Cereal

  • Maseca

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned veggies

  • Canned salmon

  • Pasta

  • Canned pasta sauce

  • Olive oil

  • Spices

More than 50% of the food CORA distributes to hungry families is donated! This source of food is VERY IMPORTANT to us! To make sure your donation of food does the most good, keep the following guidelines in mind.

CORA accepts donations of shelf-stable foods — canned fruit/vegetables, boxed cereals, rice, pasta, baking mix and shelf-stable specialty items (drink mix, coffee, tea, pancake mix, condiments, herbs and spices, ethnic foods, other pantry staples, etc.). We also accept paper products – especially bathroom tissue and paper towels – and personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, disposable razors, etc.

Place all donations in bags (not boxes) and please don’t overload them (more lighter bags are better than a few heavy ones). While plastic bags are OK for the donations, it is a lot easier for our collecting and transferring the food when we arrive at CORA if you use PAPER bags (which are a renewable resource), rather than plastic bags. The contents often fall out of plastic bags, making the handling of large volumes of food more difficult. If plastic bags are easier for you, feel free to use them for your donations. CORA likes to have a supply of plastic bags on hand for people who come for the donated food, so please do donate those you do not need.

You do not need to donate every month. Just let your neighborhood coordinator know when you will be participating.

An additional opportunity to help CORA is to keep their Birthday Closet stocked. They maintain a special closet for children's birthday parties and need items like cake and frosting mix, small, inexpensive toys (safe and marked for age range), snacks, and party supplies. If you would like to help in this way, please put these items in separate bags that are clearly marked, "Birthday Closet."