It’s Food Drive Season!

Pumpkins, corn mazes, crisp nights and football weekends – it’s harvest time!

This year as you celebrate the change of seasons with countless activities with your family & friends, maybe you could consider adding a food drive for The Hope Center to your list of seasonal activities!

Food drives are a great way of getting so many different types of people involved in the community. You can organize a food drive at a school, church, civic club, after-school club, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts troops or your workplace.

It’s an easy way of helping those who are hungry. The food that is donated from food drives goes to our pantry. It’s used for food bags for families & individuals in need and for our meals each day that are prepared for residents & guests.

By donating food, you’re helping to cut the cost of our food budget which allows us to use the money in other ways to help the community.

If you’re interested in hosting a food drive but need help planning or are just totally unsure about how to begin the process then please call 301.739.1165 or email

If you are a pro at food drives and would like to host one, please do! Below is a list of items desperately needed for our pantry. If you have any questions about items listed below or about foods not listed, please contact our offices so we can give you the best information.

Items Needed:

  • White rice
  • 15-16 oz jars of peanut butter
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Sugar
  • #10 Cans of green beans, peas and corn
  • Cold cereal (not kids’ cereal)
  • Quick oats
  • Tomato products (diced, whole, stewed, sauce or paste)
  • Coffee
  • Creamer

If you are planning a food drive or just swinging by the store to pick up some items to donate, please drop them off at our offices during regular business hours, M-F 8:30am-5pm. If you are unable to do so during business hours, please call us or email us so that we can schedule a time to receive your donations.

Thanks to everyone in the community who helps to keep our doors open and our pantry stocked!

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