Frequently Asked Questions
How can I volunteer?
Click here for information on volunteering as an individual.
How can my group volunteer?
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What kinds of food does the pantry need?
The pantry can always use a variety of basic, non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, soups, and fruits; canned pasta and marinara or spaghetti sauce; boxed pasta, cereal, oatmeal, potatoes; grains such as rice; peanut butter, jelly; and condiments. Fresh food items from your home garden are also appreciated.
What kinds of non-food items do you accept?
We prefer household-essential items such as cleaning supplies or paper products. The families we serve are in need of basic personal care products such as toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, razors and deodorant, etc.
What kinds of items are you unable to accept?
The pantry is unable to accept perishable foods (except for fresh produce) and medications; and we ask that foods in glass containers NOT be donated.
Can you use my extra grocery bags?
We are happy to accept all types of bags including plastic, reusable and paper.
When can I drop of my donations?
Donations are accepted during weekday business hours: M - W, 9am - 4pm and Th. & Fr., 9am - 2pm.
How can I start a food drive to benefit the CHFP?
There is no formal process although it is appreciated if you let us know when you are planning a food drive. Our staff is happy to advise you so that you can encourage the donation of specific foods that meet our needs at the time. Your group is welcome to set the date and timetable for your collection based on your group’s needs and schedule.
Occasionally, CHFP can offer collection boxes branded with the CHFP logo, but it is generally helpful if your group can secure your own box.
When your collection drive is complete and you would like to deliver the food to CHFP, please give us a call at 804-520-7117 so that we can make the necessary in-house preparations to receive the food.