We stock our pantry shelves with a mix of food brought to us by Food Gatherers and food donated by members of the Manchester community.

How to make a donation to our pantry:
Donated food items can be dropped off whenever our office or pantry is open. Please check our home page for our hours.
We also have a basket for donations at the Manchester Market.
To make a monetary donation to our pantry, please see our monetary donations page.

Pantry donations are tax-deductible! When you drop items off, we can give you a piece of paper noting the date of your donation and describing the items you donated; for example, “1 bag of groceries.” According to the tax code, you may deduct the fair market value of the items you donate to our pantry. There is no fixed method for determining the value of donated items, we recommend holding onto receipts or keeping a list of the items you donated. For additional guidance, consult IRS Publication 561 – Determining the Value of Donated Property.


Canned and Dry Goods:
We gladly accept canned foods and dry goods. They should be unopened and in their original packaging with labels, in good condition (no dents, bulging or rust) and within 6 months past their use-by date. We often run low on food items for special needs diets (i.e. vegetarian, low sodium, low fat, low sugar).

Canned soups
*Low-sodium canned soups
*Vegetarian soups
Canned beans
Canned vegetables
Canned fruits
Boxed rice meals
Boxed noodle meals
Spaghetti Sauce

Baby Items, Baking Supplies, and Personal Items:
Here is a list of products we try to stock that many families don’t have access to on a regular basis. We have placed an asterisk(*) next to items we are currently running low on.

Disposable diapers (variety of sizes)
Baby wipes
Baby foods and formulas

Sugar (granulated, brown and confectioners)
Baking soda
Baking powder
Cooking oil

Facial tissues
*First aid items
Combs/hair brushes
Cotton swabs
Soap (bar soap, liquid soap)
Shaving products
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
*Feminine supplies

*Laundry detergent
Dish soap
White vinegar
*Bathroom cleaner
Kitchen cleaner
Glass cleaner


Given our limited space, the CRC rarely accepts or dispenses non-pantry items. If you have an item you think we might be able to help you put into a needy person’s hands, please call us to discuss your request.

A special note about clothing and furniture:
The CRC does not accept or distribute clothing or furniture. These items are accepted by Worth Repeating, Inc. (a non-profit organization), which is located at 201 East Main in downtown Manchester (in the historic red Manchester Mill building). They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 -5:00. If you have furniture or large quantities of clothing items to donate, please contact them first at 734-428-9088.
They accept clothing for all ages, purses, jewelry, household items, lamps, art, craft items and basic furniture. (They do not accept computers, electronic items, exercise and sports equipment, large Christmas trees, tools, building material, large baby items, or car seats.)


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