General Food Donation Guidelines
We are happy to accept donations of non-perishable food that are in clean containers with ingredient labels intact. Fresh produce is also always welcome. If you have perishables that you would like to donate (meat, eggs, cheese, etc.) please contact the pantry manager. We distribute the freshest, healthiest food possible to our neighbors in need. Please note the following guidelines.
Unlabeled food, or any food packages that do not list every ingredient, must be discarded.
- Dented cans
Cans that have sharp creases, bulges or rust that cannot easily be rubbed off must be discarded. Dents that do not compromise the integrity of the can are okay.
- Homemade items
Food that has been canned or preserved at home must be discarded. Only distribute food that has been processed by a commercial kitchen or company.
- Donations of domestic meat
All domestic meat donations must be processed in a USDA-certified facility. If there is no USDA stamp on the packaging, we can not accept as a donation or distribute.
- Donations of wild game
Home-processed wild game is not acceptable for distribution. Game that has been processed in a state-licensed facility may be accepted as a donation and distributed to clients. The Wildlife Transfer Record form (see Forms section) should be used to track donations of wild game.
- Baby food/formula
Baby food must be distributed by the date shown on the package. Please he sure to cheek baby food often and discard any post-dated product.
- Post-dated food
Most food codes are to ensure the freshness of food, not its safety. Food that has been canned or packed otherwise preserved will lose nutritional value over time, but food that has passed the date stamp is not automatically “bad”.
We can always use donations of the following products:
Canned Food Items Needed
- Canned Meats (Spam, Chicken, Roast Beef, etc…)
- Fruit Cocktail
- Green Beans
- Peanut Butter
- Pork & Beans
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Tomato Sauce
- Tuna Fish
- Vegetable Oil
Dry Food Items Needed
- Dry Beans
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Meals In-A-Box (Mashed Potatoes, Scalloped potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Pasta-Roni)
- Pasta Noodles
- Rice- boxed or bagged
- Top Ramen
Hygiene Products Needed
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
Most Wanted Foods
At Columbia Pacific Food Bank we are working hard to fight hunger. With your help we can provide our neighbors with more nutritious food. The food and products listed below are important for good health and tend to be more expensive to purchase:
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, beef, corned beef)
- Peanut butter and almond butter
- Low-sugar fruit, dried fruit, jams and jellies, and unsweetened applesauce
- Canned and dried beans (pinto, kidney, navy, refried)
- Canned stews, chili, hearty soups and broth
- Boxed macaroni and cheese
- Pasta, rice, cereal, corn meal
- Cooking oil and olive oil
- Canned tomato products (whole, paste, spaghetti sauce)
- Bread, rolls, buns
- Personal care products (soap, shampoo, tooth paste, tooth brushes, child and adult diapers)