Do I have to buy everything on the list?
No. Please fill the Red Bag with any items listed but you do not need to buy everything on the list. We sort all the collected food and fill ziploc bags with a sampling of the items for the
students to quickly and easily grab to take home every weekend.
What food items are most needed?
The first few things the kids always ask for are Cup 'O Noodles, Clif Bars, Beef Jerky sticks and Chocolate Milk.
Is there anything I cannot donate?
If it is sugary (like candy, gum and cookies), home cooked in your kitchen, already opened, expired or not on the Red Bag grocery list, then we cannot accept it. The tag that is attached to
your bag has a complete list of items that we are collecting or you can print the latest list here.
We also accept toiletries and personal hygiene items for the students.
How does the bag pick up work?
We're glad you asked. Approximately 10 days prior to a collection event we send out a text survey to find out if you'll be available to fill a Red Bag
and leave it out for us to pick up. Please respond to that text so we know whether or not to send a driver to your house. If available, then simply leave your filled bag outside next to your front
door by 8:30am. Our drivers will pick up your bag, weigh it, and leave you an empty red bag to fill for the next pick up, two months later.
If your items don't fit in one red bag, no worries! Simply put the rest of the items in another grocery bag and we'll be happy to collect the
extra bag(s), too.
If the weather is wet, rainy or snowy and your front door area is not covered, then please place your red bag of food into a kitchen trash bag to keep
everything dry and protected. Make sure to tape a paper to the bag marked FFN so our drivers know the food is inside.
What if I forget to put my bag outside by my
We realize you are a very busy person so we send you handy reminder emails and text messages throughout the week leading up to the collection so
you don't forget. You will also get reminders on Facebook if you follow the Food For Neighbors page.
But, if you still forget, no worries! Click HERE for instructions on what to do with your
How does the tax thing work?
To make things easier for yourself for taxes, have the cashier ring up the items separately (or ring them up yourself at self- checkout). This is not a
requirement, but having a separate receipt of just Food For Neighbors items should makes things easier for you to value your donation. That is why we recommend placing the items you are buying for
Food for Neighbors in the red bag as you are shopping. Checkout should then be a snap!
Keep the receipt in paper form or you can take a picture of it or scan it if you want to keep it digitally.
Will I receive a donation letter from Food For Neighbors?
Yes, each time we pick up a bag of food from you, we will email you a donation letter.
What do I do with the donation letter?
You can fill out the donation letter we send you and attach the grocery store receipt to it. Put this with your tax records for tax time.
What if my Red Bag was not picked up?
Sometimes things happen beyond our control and a bag may get forgotten at your door. If this happens, click HERE for additional details about what
you can do with your bag.
What if I can't participate this month?
Simply reply to our text survey the option that you won't be available this month. It really helps us plan efficient driver pick-up routes if we know ahead of time that you won't be leaving a bag.
And don't worry...you will only be opted out for that month and we'll include you next time.
What if I still have some questions?
We're friendly folks at Food for Neighbors. We'd be happy to answer your questions or talk to you about volunteer opportunities. Just
contact us here.