We are an all-volunteer food pantry located in the College Park Church of the Nazarene in College Park, MD. We provide non-perishables and/or produce to visitors every Saturday morning. We provide food to everyone who visits without requiring any identification or qualifying information. In 2021, we served 329 families on average, with those families representing 1250 individuals. We strive to provide nutritious food to our visitors. Donations of fresh produce, dairy products, lean meats, low-sodium canned food, and whole grain products are most welcome! Our visitors also appreciate baby items and hygiene products. Donation logistics can be coordinated through our website: http://www.collegeparkfoodbank.com/donate-food
Since we always distribute on Saturday mornings, donating Friday evening between 4pm and 6pm or Saturday morning between 8am and 9am is ideal. However, we are able to refrigerate perishable items and can accept donations at other times. Donors should contact us from the link on our website (http://www.collegeparkfoodbank.com/donate-food) to arrange special donation times.
Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off in our donation shed at the donor's convenience. Perishable donations should be coordinated through our website (http://www.collegeparkfoodbank.com/donate-food). The pantry is normally staffed on Friday evenings between 4pm and 6pm and Saturday morning between 8am and 11am. These are the most convenient times for pantry staff to accept donations. However, other times can be arranged.
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