With winter coming – many families will find their current hardships even harder to bear. Donating free & cheap food and supplies we get while couponing is a great easy way to help out! We have begun to offer a weekly list of free & cheap items – perfect for donating – but we’d also like to share with you some good PLACES to donate. A huge thank you to Heidi for putting together this list – and for both Heidi and Crishelle who will be compiling our weekly lists!
Places to donate food or other items
In case you were wondering what places in the area need donations (and what kind of donations to send where), here is a list that might help. I live in Chattanooga, so a few of these are specific locations in this area, but most cities should have something similar so it should apply everywhere.
- Non-perishable food items such as canned and boxed goods
- Specifically in need of canned pasta, oatmeal, grits, canned beans (other than green beans), Ramen noodles, Vienna sausage, jello, cake mix, frosting, condiments
- During the holidays they have drop-off locations in area malls, grocery stores, and local businesses
Community Kitchen/Soup Kitchen
- Canned goods & non-perishable food items, household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes
- Here is a list of their current needs – http://community-kitchen.blogspot.com/
- Non-perishable food items, personal care items, clothes
Local Animal Shelter
- Old newspapers, pet items (food, litter)
Ronald McDonald House
- Food, paper products, cleaning products, toiletries, and operational items
- They house the families of long-term sick children staying at TC Thompson (premature babies, kids with cancer, major accidents, etc.)
- This site tells the specific items they are in need of www.rmhchattanooga.com/downloads/WishList92010.pdf
- I noticed one of the items is salad dressing – those are free/cheap frequently, so this would be a great item to donate!
Chattanooga Room in the Inn
- Household items, toiletries, baby products, food products
- They help homeless women and children to become self-sufficient
Chattanooga Rescue Mission
- Canned foods, personal hygiene items, clothes, blankets
- They help the homeless in the Chattanooga area
We know that there are many more places that need donations – so please help us make this list more complete by adding any you know of in the comment section.