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Hands of Hope provides services to all individuals in need, with a dedicated staff composed entirely of volunteers. We are incredibly grateful for every food item you donate, as they help us provide nutritious meals to those who need them most every day. Hands of Hope is always in need of a variety of canned and packaged goods, as well as other nonperishable foods. (Please, no perishables.) Your contributions make a significant difference in our efforts to support the community.



Donate Food

Hands Of Hope For The Community accepts donated food, including shelf-stable items such as canned and dry goods as well as fresh produce, and bakery items (with advance notice). We adhere to strict food safety guidelines for the food that we accept. Our volunteers is trained to pay close attention to date codes, especially with refrigerated products. Most of the dates on the food we distribute are not expiration dates – they are “best if used by” or “sell by” dates. This means the product is wholesome beyond the date on the product.

In addition to food items, we also gladly accept non-food items like diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, menstrual products and other essentials that help our clients live healthy and rewarding lives.


We accept walk up donations on the days we are open and distributing food to our clients. If you are unable to drop it off when we're open please contact us to arrange an alternate drop off.

2136 Woodbridge Ave Edison, NJ 08817

1st & 3rd Saturdays

10:00am - 1:30pm

Host A Drive

Food drives are an excellent way for businesses, church groups, service clubs, and individuals to support Hands of Hope and our nonprofit agency partners. Organizing a food drive helps us gather essential items to provide nutritious meals to those in need. It’s a meaningful way to engage your community and make a significant impact. If you are interested in hosting a food drive, we would love to hear from you. Simply click the button below to fill out a brief form, and a member of our team will reach out to you with more details and support. Your involvement can make a real difference in the lives of many. Thank you for considering this impactful way to contribute to our mission.

What To Donate

​Acceptable Items

  • Bottled Water/Drinks/Coffee/Tea

  • Canned Beans

  • Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups

  • Canned Meals (chili, stew, etc.)

  • Canned Meat/Fish

  • Canned Soup

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Cereal/Oatmeal

  • Condiments/Spices/Oil

  • Dish & Laundry Soap

  • Macaroni & Cheese

  • Paper Items 

  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly

  • Side Dishes (potato, rice, pasta)

  • Snacks (crackers, granola bars)

  • Toiletries/Personal Hygene

  • Dry and Wet Dog and Cat Food

Unacceptable Items

  • Books

  • Clothes

  • Eyeglasses

  • Homemade Items

  • Medications

  • Partially Used/Open Items

  • Perishable Items

  • (W/O Prior Approval)

  • Prescription Pet Food

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