The simplest way to help is to give unexpired, non-perishable food directly to the Pantry. We are always incredibly thankful for direct donations, as they will immediately be used to feed families and individuals who are in need. Contact us to arrange a date and time for a volunteer to meet you at the Food Pantry to receive your donation. 

Although we welcome any non-perishable food donation, the following food items are the staples of the food packages that we provide:

Peanut Butter (or other nut butters)
Cereal (whole grain, low sugar preferred)
Granola Bars
Canned Fruit (preferably in juice and not syrup)
Canned Vegetables (low sodium preferred)
Condensed Soups (low sodium preferred)
Chicken, Beef or Vegetable Stocks or Broths
Pasta Noodles (whole grains preferred)
Canned Pasta  / Tomato Sauce
Canned or Boxed Meals (Chili, Beef Stew, Chicken & Dumplings, etc.)
Boxed Side Dishes (Macaroni and Cheese, Stuffing, Powdered Potatoes, etc.)
Canned Tuna (in water, preferred), Canned Chicken, Canned Pork, Canned Salmon
Canned Pasta (heat and serve pasta with sauce)
Canned Beans (Pork & Beans, Kidney Beans, Black Beans, etc.)
Dried Beans, Rice, Quinoa or other grains
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Prunes, etc.)
Shelf Stable Milk or Milk Substitutes

Note: Canned goods with pop-top lids are preferable as they are easy to open.  Also, please avoid foods packaged in glass when possible to avoid breakage during handling.


As a member of the Southeast Ohio Regional Foodbank, we have the ability to purchase food at a tremendous savings.  Your monetary donation allows us to enhance the impact of this program in our mission. 

Donate by Check

Please make checks payable to: "Athens County Food Pantry". Please send checks via U.S. mail to:

Athens County Food Pantry
c/o Treasurer
9 N. College St.
Athens, OH 45701 

Donate at Kroger

You can add your Kroger Plus card to the Kroger Community Rewards program, and Kroger will make a donation to Athens County Food Pantry whenever you shop!

Donate by Direct Debit

We can now accept electronic donations directly from your bank to ours. You'll set the amount to be deducted from your account automatically each month and you can stop the donation at any time. Please click here to find donation instructions, and contact us if you have any questions!


Donate with Amazon Smile!

You can also connect your Amazon account to support the Athens County Food Pantry with every qualifying purchase through

Building a can castle for a food drive is a fun way of making the fruits of your efforts clear to all.Host a Food Drive

Looking for a group or family project? Here are some ideas for food drives and fundraisers:

  • Neighborhood food drives
  • Dinner parties
  • Boy Scout and Girl Scout projects
  • Church groups and Sunday School classes
  • School class competitions
  • Anniversary celebrations, in lieu of gifts
  • Birthday parties
  • Athletic teams
  • Employee competitions
  • Can castles

Donate your time

Looking to use that special talent or skill, and want to serve your community? Contact us to find out how you can help. We will do our best to match your skills to the opportunities that we have available.