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Donate food items to our food pantry. Our food pantry allows us to help many people in need. Our pantry items supply our daily meals to our residents and our overnight guests and provide free grocery-size food bags we give to community members in need.

Thank you to the individuals, churches, schools, civic groups, and businesses who have stocked our pantry since 1955! 

It's easy to HOST A FOOD DRIVE!
Just click here; we will give you all the information you need to hold a successful food drive.

Donation Instructions

  • Drop off food donations at our Administrative Office, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. To arrange alternate drop-off times, please call 301-739-1165 to make other arrangements.

  • To shop from our Amazon Wishlist or to use another online retailer, please have donations shipped to:
    125 N. Prospect St
    Hagerstown, MD 21740

  • We do accept perishable food as well as leftover food from parties, open houses, church dinners and other gatherings. Please donate perishable foods at our Administrative Office. 

Needs List

We Cannot Accept

Below are items we use regularly. Some product sizes are specified to fit in our food bags.

  • Peanut butter (16 oz jars)

  • Jars of jelly (12 oz)

  • Spaghetti noodles (1 lb boxes)

  • Canned pastas (i.e. SpaghettiOs)

  • Canned soup

  • Spaghetti sauce (24 oz jars)

  • Box of a side item (rice, stuffing, etc.)

  • Canned meat (tuna, Spam, chicken, salmon, etc.)

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned fruits

  • Baking mixes

  • Coffee

  • Powdered creamer

  • Sugar

  • Boxes of cereal or oatmeal

  • Boxes of macaroni & cheese

  • Hamburger Helper (or similar boxed dinners)

  • Ramen noodles

  • Condiments

  • Boxes of crackers

  • Snacks (cookies, bars, and other sweet treats)

  • Tomato products (sauce, diced, stewed, etc.)

Due to safety concerns for our residents and guests, we cannot accept any of the below items:

  • Expired food (one year past the ‘best by’ date)

  • Packages that have been opened

  • Home canned foods

  • Dented or rusted cans

  • Cans without labels

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Host a food drive to help stock the food pantry at The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission

Food drives are an effective way for our local community to support our food ministry.

We provide what you need to easily host a food drive. Just download our
Food Drive Information Kit,
Food Drive Needed Items,
and feel free to use our
Generic Food Drive poster.

For more information, please call us at
301-739-1165 or email us at

Look at this great example of a food drive supporting The Hope Center by Hamilton Nissan.

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