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When you or your organization make a food donation, you bring hope to a family’s table and benefit your community.

Food for the mind and body

The Capital Area Food Bank relies on support from retailers, community groups, and people like you to help us get food onto the plates of those who need it. The most efficient way to do that is through a monetary donation, though we gladly accept food donations as well. By providing foods that are high fiber, low sugar, and low in sodium, you’ll enable children and families to have the kinds of nutritious meals they need to maintain health.

Items We Need

How to donate food

Individual Donations

If you or your family would like to donate food, there are multiple ways you can make a difference.

Food Industry Donations

We regularly accept food donations from grocery stores, wholesalers, restaurants, and others in the food industry. If this sounds like an organization that you own or represent, we’d welcome your help.

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Business Donations

You don’t have to be a part of the food industry to help the community. There are still plenty of ways you can provide hunger relief.

Drop-off Food Donations

We accept donations of unopened, non-perishable food from individual donors. Drop off your donation at either our DC or northern Virginia warehouses on Monday through Friday.

DC Distribution Center

4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Hours:
Regular: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 8 a.m to 2 p.m. (Friday)

NOVA Distribution Center

6833 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, VA 22079

Hours:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Register online
  2. Receive instructions and food drive kit via email
  3. Review our Most Wanted Foods List
  4. Start collecting donations

Host a drive

Please look over our Most Wanted List. We prioritize nonperishable items that are low sugar, low sodium and high fiber (whole grain pasta, brown rice, 100% juices, low sodium canned veggies, etc.).

If you are unable to collect and deliver food donations, you can order items from our Amazon wishlist. Anything you purchase will be shipped to us directly.

View our Amazon wishlist

Absolutely! Every dollar you give will provide 2.5 meals to people in need.

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