Fill a Need

Hundreds of homeless, hungry and hurting people come through our doors every day. With those numbers, stuff gets used up! Pick up some extra items at the store, get a group collection going or donate now to help feed the homeless.

Drop off your donations at any of our thrift stores or 225 Commerce Avenue SW

Immediate Summer Food Needs

Because Mel Trotter seeks to encourage healthy food choices, fat-free, low-fat, low-sodium, reduced sugar multi-grain varieties of the following are appreciated. We are also seeking more resources for fresh produce. Please contact Stephen McVittie at stephenmcvittie@meltrotter.org.

  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meat (beef stew, chicken, tuna)
  • Canned Beans
  • Dry Beans (all varieties)
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pasta and Rice Side Dishes
  • Complete Meals (hamburger or tuna helper)
  • Low Sodium Soups

Constant Needs

  • 10 Ride bus cards for The Rapid
  • General medication, such as Tums, aspirin, cold medicine, etc.
  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Twin size sheets
  • Bath towels
  • Scrubs
  • Body wash
  • Razors 
  • Pillows
  • Baby bottles
  • Sippy cups
  • Onesies for babies (all sizes)
  • Bibs
  • Poster board
  • Colored pencils
  • Art pencils
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Sewing supplies
  • Yarn & thread 

Children's Needs

  • Pack-n-plays
  • T-shirts for sizes 2-10, plain colored and printed
  • Sweatshirts, hoodies and light jackets for children (all ages)
  • Diapers all sizes
  • Wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Teething rings
  • Formula
  • Bottles- without liners
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wash

Men & Women's Needs

  • Men's jeans
  • Men's underwear (boxers and briefs)
  • Women's larger size clothes
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Slippers
  • NIV bibles
  • undergarments - larger sizes
  • Umbrellas

Clinical Needs

  • Vitamin B stress complex
  • Children's and infants Tylenol and ibuprofen 
  • Cough drops
  • Adult cold medicine
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Neosporin ointment
  • Alcohol pads
  • Non-latex gloves (Medium/Large)
  • Vision Clinic is in need of "readers" and frames (non-prescription)
  • Dental Clinic is in need of denture cups and denture brushes (un-used)

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