Volunteers Packing Food
giving food to give life

Every person has the chance to make a change for good — no matter how big or small. Every food drive and every fund puts nutritious food on the tables in Wellston. Your donation, together with those of our other supporters, brings us ever closer to our goals.

Host a Food Drive

Schools, churches, civic groups, neighborhoods, individuals, and fellow non-profits host food drives for us every year. Contact us today to support the work we do!

Contact:

Haley Calabro, MSW

Director

haley@wellstoncenter.org

(314) 926-3810

Give Funds

Want to give but not sure where to start? Donate today to fund the pantry directly so that you can be confident your gift is giving families healthy meals.

Drop off Goods

Your donation of food can be the reason a family in need does not have to choose between keeping a roof over their head or putting a healthy meal on the table.  

Donation Times:

1705 Kienlen Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63133

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Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

best items to donate 
what not to donate

This part is pretty easy.  You can donate dry and canned food donations. What does that mean? Basically, any food that is “shelf-stable” or nonperishable – you can keep it in your pantry and it won’t go bad. And remember, only donate food that hasn’t reached its “sell-by” date yet. Specifically, we often need items like:
 

  • Peanut butter

  • Canned soup (preferably low-sodium)

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned stew

  • Canned fish

  • Canned beans

  • Pasta

  • Rice

Additionally, our food bank can accept personal care and household items, since many families struggle to afford these items and they are not covered by other food assistance programs like SNAP.
Specifically, food banks often need items like:

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes

  • Soap

  • Lotion

  • Tissues

  • Men/women deodorant

  • Adult diapers (preferably pull-ups & L/XL)

  • Baby diapers (any size)

  • Laundry detergent

  • Toilet paper

  • Dish soap

The number one rule to remember is this: if your donation is something that has a limited shelf life if not refrigerated, it is best not to donate it. But there are other categories of food that you should not donate. We've broken it all down into this handy list:

  • Items needing refrigeration

  • Expired food

  • Leftovers

  • Food with packaging concerns

  • Baked goods

While it might be tempting to donate the above mentioned items, our food pantry does work directly with farmers, retailers, and other companies to source healthy, fresh food for donation. 

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THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO DONATE TO THE Wellston Center!