Donate Food

There are many ways individuals, businesses, organizations and groups can donate food to the East Texas Food Bank.  Donated food will be combined with other food products to complete nutritious meals for East Texas children, adults and senior citizens.

How can I donate food or host a food drive?

Donate Here Food BarrelYou can make your donations to the East Texas Food Bank at food drives happening now, or drop off your donation at our main distribution center in Tyler during normal business hours.

Individuals, businesses or organizations wanting to hold a food drive are asked to complete a Food Drive Request at least 2 weeks in advance.

Food companies or manufacturers can check out the Food Company Donations page for more information about donating to our food bank

What items can be donated?

  • Non-perishable item such as: canned fruit and/or vegetables, evaporated milk, corn meal mix
  • Foods that are unopened
  • Foods that are not in glass containers
  • Foods within expiration dates listed on the packaging

What are the most needed items?

  • Canned meat or fish (ham, Spam, pork, tuna, salmon)
  • Canned vegetables & fruits (all sizes & kinds)
  • Canned juices
  • Canned or packaged meats (mac and cheese, chili, stews, soups, pasta, peanut butter-plastic jar only, cereal-hot or cold)
  • Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, diapers-all sizes, toilet tissue)

For more information about giving food, contact Rosemary McClain.

The East Texas Food Bank complies with The Good Faith Donor Act of Texas and The Emerson Good Samaritan Food Act.