Food Donations from Community Members

If you are a community member with nonperishable food to donate or an abundance of garden crops to share, we can help get it into the hands of our food-insecure neighbors.

Nonperishable Food

Smaller quantities of nonperishable food can be dropped off at our Concord or Fairfield warehouses. Can’t make it to one of the warehouses? Please email us to find a community food bin drop-off location near you.


The surplus crops in your garden can make a difference to your neighbors in need. Homegrown produce can be donated to Food Bank partner agencies; call 855-309-FOOD (3663) for a referral near you.

The Food Bank cannot accept:

  • Glass containers
  • Food one year past its ‘best by’ date
  • Open or partially-used products
  • Alcohol 
  • Food without ingredient labels.

We recommend donating healthy, nonperishable food that you would like to eat! Here’s a list of our most needed items:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna and chicken (in water)
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Applesauce 
  • Beans/lentils (dry or canned)
  • Rice 
  • Whole grain cereals/crackers
  • Whole wheat/grain pasta
  • Canned soups/vegetables/tomato products (low sodium, easy open)
  • Canned fruits (in juice)
  • 100% Fruit juice (cartons or small boxes only)
  • Nonperishable ready-to-eat meals (chili, ravioli, etc.)

Holiday Food List (no glass, please!):

  • Macaroni noodles 
  • Mashed potato flakes
  • Gravy mix (powdered)
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Canned green beans
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing mix
  • Pinto beans (dry)
  • Masa
  • Cornbread mix
  • Cornhusks
  • Flour
  • Gelatin (strawberry or lime)
  • Cooking oil 
  • Cinnamon (ground)
  • Chicken stock
  • Scalloped potato (boxed)

Please note: The Food Bank does not have the resources to pick crops or provide bins for harvested produce.

Large-scale donor? If you are a food manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, retailer or grower interested in donating food, please visit food industry & large-scale donations.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 925-676-7543.