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.
How to donate food
If you or your family would like to donate food, there are multiple ways you can make a difference.
- Traditional food drive
- Digital food drive
- Amazon wishlist donations
- You Give Goods event
- Drop off food (see information below)
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.
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
(202) 644-9800, ext. 5
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
(Please follow the food donation signs to make your drop-off; do not place food at the front entrance.)
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
(Please drop off at volunteer entrance.)
NOVA Distribution Center
Please note that our Northern VA warehouse is temporarily changing locations as we renovate. Locations for donation drop off will change mid-April 2022; see below for details.
6833 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, VA 22079
As of 4/18/22
9610 Gunston Cove Road, Suite A
Lorton, VA 22079
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
(Please go directly to the loading dock to make your drop-off.)
Frequently asked questions
- Register online
- Receive instructions and food drive kit via email
- Review our Most Wanted Foods List
- Start collecting donations
Please look over our Most Wanted List. We prioritize non-perishable 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.