What's in a Red Bag

All items should come INDIVIDUALLY packaged.

  • Individual Cup of Soup containers (water is only added ingredient)
  • Individual Bowls of Mac & Cheese (water is only added ingredient)
  • Packets of trail mix
  • Packs of cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Fruit cups
  • Granola bars and Clif bars
  • Breakfast bars and fruit bars
  • Individual cups or packets of instant oatmeal
  • 100% juice boxes or Capri Sun pouches
  • Individual shelf stable milk cartons (regular, vanilla, or chocolate)
  • Gallon-sized Ziploc bags


  • Individual Chef-Boyardee meals (not cans)
  • Rice and Beans Ready Meals
  • Instant milk packets (each makes one quart)
  • Cans of Goya Black Beans
  • Bags of Rice

*Grocery store gift cards are also accepted.


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 and Chocolate Milk.


Is there anything I cannot donate?

If it is sugary (like candy, gum, baking mixes 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 below. And we cannot accept any toiletries at this time. To donate toiletries, please contact your local school directly.


Have more questions?  Visit our FAQ page or email us.

Click here for a printable copy of the grocery list.
2018-grocery list.pdf
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Food For Neighbors has created an Amazon Wish List to make shopping even easier for our next Red Bag collection. Check it out and get your shopping done early.

Upcoming Events

The next bag collection will be Saturday, Jan. 12th. Please leave your filled red bag by your front door

no later than 8:30am.

 Add to your calendar here.

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Making a Difference

For the October 2018 collection, we received over 6,400 pounds of food from over 500 participating households.

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