Donate Food

When you donate food to Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, you make a direct impact.

Whether it’s a can of vegetables from your pantry or a truckload of cereal from a processing facility, your donation is distributed straight to the tables of hungry families in Southern Winnebago County.

Individuals

Some of the most nutritious food we receive comes from individual donations and community food and fund drives.

What We Need
  • Vegetables – Fresh or Canned
  • Fruit – Fresh or Canned
  • Cereals
  • Tuna
  • Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Pork ‘N Beans
  • Canned Soups
  • Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce/Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Shaving Creme
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Pet Food
Things We Can't Use
  • rusty or unlabeled cans
  • perishable items (applies only to food drive donations)
  • homemade items
  • noncommercial canned or packaged items
  • alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda
  • opened or used items

Food Industry

Most of the food we distribute comes from the food industry — from growers, packers, retailers, manufacturers and more

What We Need
We have the capacity to pick up, store and distribute the following types of products:
  • Fresh
  • Dehydrated
  • Discontinued
  • Damaged Packaging
  • Frozen
  • Dry
  • Surplus
  • Bulk
  • Canned
  • Code-dated
  • Mislabeled
  • Out of specification
Benefits and Protections
Benefits
  • Reduced storage costs. We pick up donations quickly to free your space for your regular inventory. We work directly with major outside storage facilities throughout the state and can quickly transfer donations to our accounts, reducing your storage costs.
  • Reduced dumping fees. DEQ estimates average dumping costs at $150 per ton. Donating food reduces your disposal costs while providing valuable resources to families in need.
  • Reduced waste. Most recent statistics show that more than 477,000 tons of food goes into Oregon landfills each year. Of that total, Metro estimates that nearly half is edible food or food ingredients. Our food industry donors consistently tell us that employee morale goes up when waste goes down.
  • Tax credits and deductions. You may be eligible for state-tax credits and/or federal deductions based on your food donations to OFB. We give tax receipts to all donors. Learn more about federal benefits for food industry donors and Oregon’s crop donation tax credit.

Protections

  • Good Samaritan Law. Under the 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a federal statute, anyone who donates food in good faith to a food bank or gleaning organization is protected from all liability associated with that product. Furthermore, OFB and our partner agencies follow strict food handling and safety procedures to ensure that the people we serve receive the highest-quality food possible.
  • Labeling. We can relabel and repack any donation to correct ingredient errors and protect brand integrity based on your specifications.
  • Food Safety. OFB trains and monitors all member agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable safe food handling practices and policies. OFB is a U.S. Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture inspected facility.
  • Integrity. We never sell, trade or barter food donations.