Where Can I Donate Food, Clothes and Toys?

You can give back this holiday season by donating clothes and food to those in need across the Delaware Valley.


The holidays can be a great time to help those less fortunate.

Below is a list of places that are accepting food, clothing, and toy donations in the Philadelphia area.

You can help make the holidays brighter for those in need.

Food Donations

WMMR's 2012 Camp Out For Hunger

From Monday, November 26 through Friday, November 30, Preston and Steve, from WMMR's morning radio show, will be living in an RV to collect non-perishable food items on behalf of Philabundance at the Metroplex in Plymouth Meeting.

If you cannot make it to the Camp Out, you can purchase food to donate through ACME's website. ACME will deliver your purchase on November 26. You can also drop off donations at local ACME locations.

Chester County Food Bank

Non-perishable food, frozen turkeys, and grocery store gift cards are being collected at John’s Supply & Rental on Saturday, December 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are also being collected at Stoltzfus Market from December 1 through December 8. All donations support local food banks.

Delco Interfaith Food Assistance Network

DIFAN is a network of food cupboards throughout Delaware County that provides food to needy families. Visit its website to view the 12 Delaware County food banks that you can donate to and their hours. Locally, St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Broomall feeds approximately 64 families from Marple, Newtown, Springfield, Haverford, Edgmont, Radnor, and Morton.

Great Valley Food Cupboard

The Great Valley Food Cupboard, located at 945 North Valley Forge Road in Devon at the Baptist Church in the Great Valley, provides food to local families in need. Call 610-688-5445 if you would like to make a donation or are interested in running a food drive.

Ardmore Food Pantry

Non-perishable food items and grocery store gift cards can be donated Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A list of recommended items to donate is available on its website.

Narberth Community Food Bank

NCFB is in need of donations of grocery store gift cards in order to put together turkey dinner boxes for area families. Food and sundry donations (i.e. shampoo, soap, dish detergent) are accepted Monday nights 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Email NCFB if your school, club, or other organization would like to conduct a food drive.

North Light Community Center

North Light is also looking for sponsors for gifts and food baskets for the holidays.  The Manyaunk-based nonprofit matchs families in need by providing ages, sizes, favorite colors and interests to sponsors.  In addition, food for the community cupboard is always a need. Vist NorthLightCommunityCenter.org.

Ada Mutch Food Pantry (run by ElderNet)

The Ada Mutch Food Pantry at 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Bryn Mawr is accepting donations of non-perishable food, especially protein and chunky soups, and groceries and toiletries. We serve people in need all year round. Please drop off items from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; ElderNet is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to personally receive the donations.

The food cupboard is open to all Lower Merion residents. The hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. They also have nurses for flu shots and well being checks from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on both days. For more information, call 610-525-0706. 

Clothing Donations


Donations of clothing and household goods can be made at Goodwill locations throughout the Delaware Valley including Berwyn, Phoenixville, and Swarthmore. 

The sales of donations help fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities or face employment challenges.

Planet Aid

Planet Aid is a nonprofit organization that collects and recycles used clothing and shoes to help improve the lives of children and adults around the world. 

Email Planet Aid to find the drop-off location nearest you or if you are interested in hosting a bin. 

Purple Heart

The Military Order of the Purple Heart's Pickup Service will come to your door to collect clothing, toys, books, and household items. Click here for a full list of accepted donations. 

Salvation Army

Salvation Army accepts tax-deductible contributions of gently used clothing, toys, and furniture. Items donated are sold in Salvation Army Thrift Stores throughout the country. Proceeds from the sale of donated items help fund Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Centers which provide assistance to substance abusers and others struggling with various forms of life issues.

Call 1-800-728-7825 to schedule a free pick-up of your clothing, furniture or household items or to find out the nearest drop-off location.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is about neighbors helping neighbors in need of food, shelter, clothing, transportation and comfort in the Philadelphia area. Clothing donations bins are available in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Broomall, Springfield, Malvern, and many other locations throughout the Philadelphia area. Click here to find a clothing drop-off location near you. 

Toy Donations

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Make a difference to CHOP patients by donating new toys, games, and art supplies. Call 267-426-8174 for toy donation guidelines or visit this link. 

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons in collecting coats, hats, gloves, diapers, bedding, and other necessities for children in need throughout the Philadelphia area. Drop-off locations are available in Manayunk, Media, Haverford, and Conshohocken. Click here for a full list of donation locations. 

Toys for Tots

The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys to deliver to needy children in the community for Christmas.  Donations can be made online or at Toys R Us and Babies R Us store locations. 

Do you have a special way you like to give back during the holidays? Is there a local organization collecting food, clothing, or toys that isn't mentioned here? Please share it in the comments below. 

Elizabeth Moselle November 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, several Mt. Airy businesses are helping to support local charities. (More detail at www.gomtairy.com) -Earth Bread + Brewery (7136 Germantown) is collecting non-perishable foods for Sunday Suppers. -Trolley Car Diner Annual Coat Drive began Monday, November 12th. -Cardonick Chiropractic & Massage Therapy : Canned Food Drive - Special screenings are being offered in exchange for canned foods. Unitarian Universalist House. -Walk A Crooked Mile Books: Book Drive. accepting books through November 21st at Noon. Bring yours and they will give trade credit to the Chestnut Hill Friends Book Drive for the Fair Hill section of NW Philadelphia and provide books for the schools in that area -Queenie's Pets & Rhino Chiropractic: Pet Supplies Drive. Queenie's will be collecting pet supplies - food, blankets, towels, pet-friendly cleaning supplies (paper towels needed!), toys, etc - to donate to City shelters (PAWS and ACCT). Collection box will be hosted by Rhino Chiropractic (6809 Germantown Ave), with drop-offs being accepted during their office hours. They will bring all items to the shelters, divided up based upon their expressed needs, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Lindsay at Flag Lady Gifts November 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
What about TE Cares? I know they were taking donations of school supplies in Aug/Sept. Do they have a drive for needy local students?
Randy Mintz November 20, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Penn Liberty Bank in East Goshen is also collecting Toys for Tots at 1301 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19382 www.pennlibertybank.com 610-535-4850
John A. Benigno November 20, 2012 at 03:46 PM
In Haverford, the Long & Foster Real Estate Office, 355 Lancaster Avenue, is a local drop off point for Toys for Tots.
Bob Spano November 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Toys For Tots boxes are located in many different places, including post offices, township offices & libraries, and businesses scattered throughout the Marple Newtown area, and distributed by the General Smedley D. Butlet Detachment of the Marine Corps League & the Marine Corps Reserve unit in Folsom. Bob Spano MCL #741
Sandie Tyson November 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
There is a coat drive/fundraiser on Thursday, November 29th 6pm-9pm at Redhound Grille called Fabulous Shoe Night / Operation Warm Benefit. It's a ladies night out wearing fabulous shoes and benefiting children who are in need of coats who were in Sandy's path. Details at: http://malvern.patch.com/events/fabulous-shoe-night-upper-main-line-benefit-for-operation-warm-at-redhound-grille?logout=true
Ruth Sperber November 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
For food and groceries(not clothes): Please add the Ada Mutch Food Pantry, run by ElderNet, at 9 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, in Bryn Mawr. We are accepting donations of non-perishable food, especially protein and chunky soups, and groceries and toiletries. We serve people in need all year 'round. Please drop off items inside the Bryn Mawr Community Building at 9 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, from 9 am - 9 pm. ElderNet is open from 9 am - 4:30 pm to personally receive the donations. Our food cupboard is open to all Lower Merion residents. The hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-noon and 2-4. We also have nurses for flu shots and well being checks from 10 am - 1 pm on both days. For more information, please call 610.525.0706. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Jean Schwartz November 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
The First Presbyterian Church on Main Street ,Phoenixville sponsors the People to People Mission. They give used clothing to people right here in Phoenixville.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo November 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I added this info on North Light Community Center, as well: North Light is also looking for sponsors for gifts and food baskets for the holidays. The Manyaunk-based nonprofit matchs families in need by providing ages, sizes, favorite colors and interests to sponsors. In addition, food for the community cupboard is always a need. Vist NorthLightCommunityCenter.org.
Maria Kollar November 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I am moved by the deep-pocketed generosity of all our businesses and citizens this time of year. I am especially grateful to patch,com for advertising needs. But I ask all of the donors to consider this: Your donations are, for the most part, staying in your community. Your neighbors are in need. You won't have to go too far to find a needy family in every community, even the "affluent" ones. Please keep your hands and hearts open throughout the year when your local food bank asks for your help.
Teri Santivasci November 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
T&E Care will be collecting the following items for local families at the Berwyn Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 2 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.) - cleaning supplies, household items (e.g. hammers, screwdrivers, batteries) and first aid supplies (band-aids, Neosporin).
cynthia roscioli November 21, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Hey, How about ELDERNET right here in Bryn Mawr near Ludington Library? They help so many people year round. They are awesome and could always use the help! God Bless ElderNet. ElderNet of Lower Merion-Narberth Bryn Mawr Community Building 9 South Bryn Mawr Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3406 http://www.eldernetonline.org
Eric Campbell (Editor) November 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Good catch, thanks Ruth. I've added it to the list.
Eric Campbell (Editor) November 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Thanks Cynthia, good catch. It's added now.
Bob Decker May 01, 2013 at 12:05 PM
I am looking for a St Vincent DePaul truck in South Philadelphia Church. I need time, date and location.
Patricia Leggett December 21, 2013 at 05:49 PM
You can donate toys to Zion Hill Church of God in Christ, 529 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA, 2154386300. MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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