Donate Food

There are many ways individuals, families and organizations can make a difference by donating food to the Food Bank of East Alabama.

Individual Food Donations are an integral part of filling our pantry, from just a few items to a trunk full of food. Individual donations can include grocery items, personal care items and homegrown garden produce. We accept individual donations during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food Drives

Food Drives of all sizes make a difference, from families to a small office or classroom to the Beat ‘Bama Food Drive, our largest annual food drive. For more information on food drives, download our Food & Funds Drive Kit.

The Food Project

The Food Project is a donor drive, not a traditional food drive. Rather than asking for one-time contributions of food, volunteers (Neighborhood Coordinators) enlist their neighbors to become long-term food donors. People commit to giving a small amount of food every two months, which provides our Food Bank with a year-round supply of food and provides the donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. Learn more about the Food Project.

Gardeners and Farmers

Gardeners and Farmers are a great source of fresh fruits and vegetables. We are always happy to work with gardeners and farmers to accept donations of fresh produce.


Hunters can donate legally harvested deer through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, a partnership with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and participating deer processors.

Most Needed Items

Our Most Needed Items include all the items that our partners and clients need to keep their shelves and stomachs full. We strive to supply the most nutritious items possible, so please consider donating items low in sodium.

  • Proteins
  • Canned meat
  • Canned fish (e.g. tuna or salmon)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Dry pasta
  • Breakfast items (including cereal)
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Paper and personal products (e.g., toothpaste, soap and toilet paper)

Requirements for donated food include:

  • Packaged food donations must be in the original packaging, unexpired, and unopened
  • Fresh produce donations must be unspoiled and undamaged.

Questions?  Contact the Food Bank at 334-821-9006.

More than 57,220 people in our service area struggle to access enough food for themselves and their families