Food Donations


Food Donation Sources

Current Needs

How Food Donations Help Neighbors in Need

Food donations from individuals like you are a valuable part of fulfilling the Food Bank's mission. When you donate food, volunteers check the expiration dates, then sort it for placement on shelves to be available for clients. Depending on the  volume of specific items, some food may be shared with other agencies or food pantries in Centre County. It’s helpful to check the Greatest Needs list before making your donation, or before conducting a food drive, to assure that you are making the biggest impact!

Food donations are also received through The Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP), and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Food drives are a popular way for community groups to give, and the Food Bank is grateful to benefit from food drives conducted by:

  • the Letter Carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive
  • the Boy Scouts' annual Scouting for Food drive
  • Grocery stories, local churches, and community groups
  • Student groups at our local schools
Learn more about how you can host your own Food Drive!

Donation Drop-off Hours

The State College Food Bank has a Donation Drop-Off Room that is accessible to the public around-the-clock (24/7). This room is available to drop-off any non-perishable food and grocery items, and it is located at the back side of our facility to the right of the garage door.


Need a Receipt? Donating items that need to stay Refrigerated or Frozen? Donating Fresh Produce?

If you need a receipt for your donation, or if you are bringing perishable food or beverages, please drop-off your donations during the hours listed below. Perishable food or beverages include, but are not limited to: fresh produce, dairy items, meat, other refrigerated or frozen foods

Monday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday: by appointment
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Other times by appointment

Donation Guidelines

On a typical day at the Food Bank, hundreds of pounds of donated food are received from a variety of sources including individuals, organizations, church groups, businesses, etc. While the generosity of the local community is appreciated, some items cannot be used and must be discarded due to food safety guidelines and governmental regulations. The following list provides a description of products that cannot be accepted and distributed to Food Bank clients. 

  • Past-Date or Expired Items - Donated items that are past the Best-By or Expiration date won't be used in the pantry.
  • Homemade/Home Canned Foods - It is unknown how and when homemade foods were processed, which is a food safety concern.
  • Opened/Partially Used Items - Opened and/or partially used items will not be distributed. Donated items should be in their original, sealed packaging.
  • Dented/Damaged Packaging - Donated items that have severely dented or damaged packaging cannot be distributed (including rusty cans).
  • Over-the-Counter Medicines
  • Bags - Due to health code and State College Food Bank policy, used bags are not accepted.

Accepted Donations

Refer to the Current Needs List for the most up-to-date list of items that the State College Food Bank needs in our pantry.

FRESH PRODUCE: Garden items are greatly appreciated from any garden.  The following garden items are accepted:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • And more!

Non-Food Donations

Clients visit the Food Bank for more than just food! Individuals and families need non-food items like diapers, feminine products, personal care products (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) and household supplies. Food Bank volunteers also need supplies like food storage bags, trash bags, office supplies, paper towels, and toilet paper.

To learn more about our current non-food needs at the Food Bank, please contact us at or 814.234.2310.

Q: Do you accept venison or wild game?

Due to regulations, food pantries are not allowed to accept venison or wild game, except through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.  Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) is Pennsylvania’s charitable venison donation program for hunters who share their extra venison via a statewide network of participating butchers to Food Banks across Pennsylvania. HSH participating butchers, who are paid for their services through monetary donations, coordinate the meat deliveries and work with local food banks. The food banks redistribute the venison to more than 4,000 local food assistance provider organizations such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters, Salvation Army facilities and churches, as well as needy families.   For more information, go to