Host A Food Drive

This year, Caritas of Austin will provide enough take-home groceries from our pantry for 43,000 meals.  Every week, we distribute over 1,800 pounds of food to the families we serve. The majority of our Pantry items come from donations made by individuals and groups in our community. You can collect food items with friends, family, co-workers, and other groups. Big or small, all donations help! 

Below is a list of our current most needed items. If you are interested in hosting a food or hygiene drive, please contact Melissa Ortiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 512.646.1291. 

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View a printable version of our Pantry needs

Food Items:
Fresh fruit*
Dry beans (northern, black)
Small bottles of cooking oil*
Canned chicken and salmon
Canned pineapple*
Canned fruit cocktail
Canned chili and soups* 
Canned mixed vegetables
Canned Beets*
Shelf-stable milk
Peanut Butter*
Beef stew
Macaroni and cheese
Canned ravioli 
10lb bags of rice
Tomato sauce*
Hygiene Items:
Deodorant (men's and women's)*
Bath soap
Diapers: sizes 4, 5, 6, and pull-ups
Reusable grocery bags
H-E-B  and Walmart gift cards*
 Items NOT need at this time:
Toilet paper
Pinto beans
Ramen noodles
Canned green beans
Canned corn 
*Most needed items


Items can be dropped off to our food pantry located at 611 Neches St during the following times:

Monday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am to 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am to 11:30am