Pantry Needs List

HopeWorks’ Emergency Pantry accepts in-kind donations to help our clients meet their needs!

Currently Needed Items:

  • Dry Cereal (low sugar for adults and children)
  • Milk (Powdered, Shelf-stable Dairy and Non-Dairy (e.g., Parmalat)
  • Dried Breakfast Items (ex. Breakfast Bars)
  • Canned Fruits
  • Healthy Cooking Oil (Olive, Grapeseed)

  • Seeds (Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower)

  • Dried Pasta
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Ramen
  • Rice
  • Juice and Juice Boxes
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soups
  • Pancake Mix
  • Snacks for lunch boxes
  • Liquid Dish Soap / Dishwasher Detergent
  • Body Wash for Babies
  • Laundry Detergent (scented and unscented)
  • Black/Textured Hair Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Shaving Products (Razors and Shaving Cream)
  • Face Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Moisturizer (for face)
  • Sanitary Napkins and Tampons
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash (Regular and Alcohol-Free)
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Reusable Grocery Bags with handles
  • Visa Gift Cards
  • Gas Gift Cards
  • Grocery Gift Cards
  • Uber/Lyft Gift Cards

    Donated items can be dropped off at our Main Office Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

    HopeWorks of Howard County
    9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 300
    Columbia, MD 21046

    We will gladly accept donations, but there are restrictions around what we can accept!

    All items must be:

    • New, unopened
    • Not expired or used
    • Personal care items must be full size, not travel size

    We CANNOT Accept:

    • Perishable items requiring refrigeration, such as fresh produce and meats.
    • Expired items, or items expiring within the next six (6) months.
    • Cans with significant dents, rust, or missing labels.
    • Jumbo size canned items meant for large groups. Food is distributed to individual families, so these items may go to waste! 
    • Loose, bulk items, open items, or homemade food items.

    Please note that we have limited storage space. To help ensure that we are able to accept your donation, we ask that you only donate items listed on this page or contact us directly to find out what our current needs are.

    Questions? Contact our Main Office at
    (410) 997-0304.

    24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: (410) 997-2272



    9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

    Columbia, MD, 21046

    (410) 997-0304