Make a Monetary Donation
For your donation, use the PayPal Drop Down Box to select the appropriate category – General Fund, End of Year Fundraising, Holiday Meals, or Wet Nose Pantry. The Westchester Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so you may be able to take a tax deduction for your donation.
Reason to Make a Tax-Deductible Monetary Donation
Because the Westchester Food Pantry is a member agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, we can purchase food for significantly less than can be purchased at a grocery store. You might be able to buy a few non-perishable goods for $10 at your local retail store, but thanks to our retail relationships and bulk purchasing power, we can turn a $10 donation into 30 meals. Monetary donations give us the flexibility to purchase a variety of foods, including perishable and non-perishable food, to help our neighbors maintain a balanced diet.
What Your $10 Can Purchase at the Grocery Store
What We Can Purchase With a $10 Monetary Donation
Food & Non-monetary Donations
Westchester Food Pantry accepts unopened non-perishable food items and new, unused toiletry items, and cleaning products. If you have larger donations, please make arrangements to drop directly at the pantry.
Bottled Water & Drinks
Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups
Dish and Laundry Soap
Macaroni & Cheese
Meals in Can (chili, stew, etc.)
Paper Items (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, etc.)
Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Side Dishes (potato, rice, pasta sides, etc.)
Snacks (crackers, granola bars, etc.)
Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar/body soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
Dry and Wet Dog and Cat Food. (must be in original packaging; no prescription pet food)
Donations Not Accepted
Clothes / Shoes (unless specifically requested)
Books (unless specifically requested)
Perishable items, unless frozen and not expired
Homemade or home-canned food
Items that have been opened, partially used, or not in original packaging
Prescription pet food
Other Ways to Donate
Make a larger impact with your donation by checking if your employer will match your gift. Your donation can go even further to provide healthy food today and hope for the future. Employers of all sizes encourage charitable giving through matching gift programs.
In Honor or Memory of a Person
A Memorial Contribution provides an opportunity to honor the memory of a loved one with a monetary gift in their name. An Honor contribution is a unique way to recognize an individual for a noteworthy accomplishment or on a special occasion. Your gift in their name will help support the work of the Westchester Food Pantry. Each gift serves as a lasting tribute to the person.
Recurring Monthly Donation
By choosing to make a monthly gift, as a donor you are able to make a more sustained impact over time due to the reliability of consistent contributions to fund ongoing programs and initiatives.
Our Amazon Wishlist has various items that we need, whether a one-time purchase or products used every week at the pantry. For example, some products are bags with handles, dog food, cat food, utility knives, garbage bags, and tape.
Have Donation Questions?
There are many options for donations and we’d be happy to help you with any questions you might have. Please contact us at (708) 927-4826 or send us a message.
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