Donations Needed

This page lists specific material needs of Gainesville area children's non-profits and fund-raising events. This page also lists local clothes drives, book drives, toy drives, food drives and other donation driven events.
Arbor House- Donations

Arbor House, a living and learning motherhood community, serves homeless single women and single mother families while they pursue goals that lead to self-sufficiency and spiritual wholeness. Through housing, counseling, life skills training, parenting classes, part-time employment, career counseling, and educational opportunities, Arbor House accompanies these families on their journey toward stability. Donations of cleaning products and hygiene products are most needed, along with clothing donations.   Learn more!

Address2618 NW Sixth St., Gainesville, Florida, 32609

Telephone(352) 505-3311

Bread of the Mighty

The Food Bank was established in Gainesville in 1987, and has worked tirelessly to get food to the plates of the hungry and food insecure. During FY 2011-12 the Food Bank distributed 4.8 million pounds of food - a new record! We serve the north central Florida area - including Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, & Levy counties. What is needed? Almost any non-perishable food item. Pantry staples and items that can be stretched are particularly desirable to the individual or family on a fixed i ...   Learn more!

Address325 NW 10th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601

Telephone(352) 336-0839

Catholic Charities Feed a Family Program

Fill a box with food to feed a family of 3 or 4 for three days. This method of food collection has become very popular with the donors and the clients. Below are the food choices for a Feed a Family box. Boxes can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities office or at any Catholic Parish in Gainesville. 2 Grain Products Bag of Rice Box of Cereal 6 Cans of Vegetables (Mix any way) Canned Green Peas Canned Green Beans Canned Corn Canned Carrots Canned Tomatoes Canned Sweet Potatoes 4 Milk Pro ...   Learn more!

Address1701 NE 9th Street Gainesville,, Gainesville, FL, 32609



Catholic Charities Weekend Backpack Program

The Weekend Backpack Program was designed to supplement meals for children, who depend on their school for breakfast and lunch. The program identifies chronically hungry children who are in need of nutritional assistance over the weekend. Backpacks are filled during the week to be taken home on Friday with enough food for the child and their siblings during the weekend. In Alachua County, one in four children do not have enough food to eat each day. Lack of access to a nutritious and adequate food supply ...   Learn more!

When9:30am-12:30, 1-3pm


Address1701 NE 9th Street Gainesville,, Gainesville, FL, 32609



ConKerrCancer- Pillowcase Donations

Our chapter provides pillowcase smiles to the local hospitals on a regular basis. We invite you to volunteer and share in a "smile making activity" for these children! Coordinator’s Name: Sandy Morrison If you would like to contribute your time, fabric or other supplies (Ziploc bags, thread, laundry detergent, etc.) please send an email to email address below.   Learn more!


Family Promise of Gainesville- Donations

Family Promise of Gainesville (FPG), formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Gainesville (IHN) is a nonprofit organization created to provide shelter and comprehensive support for homeless families with children. Family Promise unites and coordinates the collaborative efforts of volunteers from all faiths to shelter and feed homeless families. Families are housed in area houses of worship, where congregation members provide meals, transportation, and companionship for the guest families. ...   Learn more!

AddressP.O. Box 5189, Gainesville, Florida, 32627


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Food4Kids Weekend Backpack Program

19% of Alachua County's children are affected by poverty and may be living in food instable homes.   Food4Kids Backpack Program provides a backpack of food for children at risk of hunger on the weekends and breaks from school.   The backpack includes enough food for the child and school-age siblings in the home.   The program costs approximately $6/week or $250/school year for each child and there are still many children in our community that need Food4Kids.   With your help, we can expand to cover additi ...   Learn more!

Telephone(352) 514-0281


Friends of the Library

Family Volunteering and Book Donations: Our large building houses a great many books and welcomes volunteers of all ages. We accept donations year-round and have many volunteers who sort, price, and arrange these books for our semi-annual book sales which are open to the public. The money made during the book sales is used for budgeted library support, scholarships for library staff, special projects, and county literacy projects.   Learn more!

HoursMonday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Friday and ...

Address430-B North Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601


Kids Count in Alachua County

The vision of Kids Count in Alachua County, Inc. is that all elementary children in the community who need extra support to succeed in school and life will have that opportunity.   To work towards this vision, Kids Count partners with schools, churches and other organizations to offer highly effective programs that inspire hope, enhance learning, improve confidence and build life skills.   Kids Count provides qualified staff, volunteers and expertise for the programs it supports.   There are 3 components ...   Learn more!

Telephone(352) 372-0038

Kids Dress 4 Success

Non-profit company whose mission is to ensure all kids in Alachua County have a properly fitting school uniforms. We are always actively seeking new or gently used solid colored polo shirts for underprivileged students in Alachua County public schools. Please visit our Facebook page or our website to find out about our Polo Drives or Drop Off Locations. Every Polo Shirt matters because it will help at least one student feel confident in the classroom. Kids Dress 4 Success now has 10 Donation Bo ...   Learn more! visits)

Lazarus Restoration Ministries- Food, Coats and Blankets Needed

Clothes and nonperishable food, such as canned goods, cereal and soup, are collected and distributed every Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lazarus Restoration Ministries. Coats and blankets are needed. Transitional housing, emergency shelter, case management and other support services provided to homeless families enrolled in the Self-Sufficiency Program. Anyone in need may request clothing and food. Housing applicants must be referred by local social service agencies. Priority is given to homeless f ...   Learn more!



Address3019 NE 20th Way, Gainesville, Florida, 32609


Peaceful Paths

Peaceful Paths has ongoing needs for shelter and outreach clients that individuals and groups can help meet. Please click on the link below for the current list of agency needs. Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic abuse network that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis hotline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, counseling ...   Learn more!

Address2100 NW 53rd. Avenue, Suite A, Gainesville, FL, 32653

Telephone(352) 377-8255

Pleasant Place

Pleasant Place has ongoing donation needs as often, new residents have little more than the clothes on their back upon entering Pleasant Place. Welcome Baskets are a great way to ensure both mother and child have the basic necessities. Please click on the link below for the current list of agency needs. Pleasant Place is a special home for a special group of young women. Pleasant Place provides a safe, nurturing environment for pregnant and parenting teens who are victims of abuse or neglect or who ar ...   Learn more!

Address732 NW 4th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601

St. Francis House Donations

As a non-profit organization with limited funds, St. Francis House depends on the generosity of the community to make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless who come to us for help. In-kind donations of food and supplies are always needed to assist our shelter guests as well as those in our transitional housing. However, very limited storage space at SFH presents the opportunity to refer certain donated items to other local non-profit organizations. The list below outlines the donations that ...   Learn more!

Address413 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601

St. Joseph's Outreach to Blessed Hope Foundation- Donations & Volunteer

Our support is directed to the food pantry, which is open the first and third Tuesday of the month. Volunteers are needed for two hours a month to bag and distribute food to the waiting clients. Food is provided on an emergency basis at any time during the month. Always feel free to bring in any of the following items and place them in the basket just inside the front door: Peanut butter and jelly Spaghetti and sauce Canned juices Paper products   Learn more!

When1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Address16921 West Newberry Road, Newberry,, Florida, 32669

Telephone352-472-2951 visits)

The Children's Table- Food Donations

The Children's Table has an open-door policy, providing temporary emergency food and supplemental food to anyone in need of assistance. Many of these families are struggling to get by following a job loss, serious illness or a death in the family. We operate mainly in rural areas where there are fewer resources available to the people but we go where the need is. Our volunteers also work with agencies that provide food and supplies to the growing number of homeless individuals and families.   Learn more!

AddressP.O. Box 186, Archer, Florida, 32618

Telephone(352) 486-6525