List of What Foods to Donate to Food Pantry

Hosting a food drive can get your friends, family, co-workers, and community involved in the effort to solve hunger and help us provide a wider vFood Items Neededariety of food than we might otherwise have.

Before launching a food drive, please consider combining it with a fund drive, too. Here’s why:

If you go to the store and buy food to give to a food drive, every dollar you spend puts only a dollar’s worth of food into the charity food distribution system. But every dollar you give directly to COS gets multiplied by more than one, turning into more meals for someone in need thanks to the lower food costs we are able to get through Good Shepherd.

We get asked many times “What do you need for items in the Food Pantry?” While the needs may vary from time to time, here is a list of general food items that we package in meals for those in need of food who contact their town’s General Assistance Office :

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna, chicken and canned meat.
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids.
  • Low-sugar cereals.
  • 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes.
  • Canned fruit packed in juice.
  • Canned vegetables (low salt)
  • Mayo (smaller jars)
  • Canned ravioli
  • Pancake syrup
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned hams(small ones)
  • Jello, instant puddings
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta

You can contact us by phone at (207)604-0445 or visit our website at and fill out the information form and we will get in touch with you and even show you how you can run a food drive.