In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Donations

Please only donate new or gently used items. If using black trash bags please make sure items are thoughtfully sorted.


Winter 2024 Top Needs

  • NEW home cleaning supplies for housing-first tenants
    • Brooms, Mops, Plungers, and Dustpans
  • Alarm Clocks
  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs, all sizes
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear, small – x-large (5-9)
  • Durable rain coats and ponchos 
  • NEW or gently used, durable sneakers (all sizes, especially men’s sizes 10-14 and wide sizes)
  • NEW bras, all sizes
  • Men’s pants (28-34 especially)
  • Tents and tarps (earth tones preferred)
  • Sleeping bags and sleeping mats
  • Winter coats
  • Thermal gloves/mittens
  • Wool/thermal socks
  • Snowpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • Plain t-shirts, all genders, all adult sizes. 
  • Leggings: all adult sizes
  • Backpacks, tote bags, duffle bags, suitcases
  • Towels
  • Toiletries, travel or full-sized
  • Belts
  • Ground coffee
  • Jelly (smaller jars preferred)
  • Juices
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken and Spam)
  • Marinara sauce (jars or flip top cans)
  • Canned black beans (flip top cans preferred)
  • Dried pasta of any kind
  • Hearty canned or jarred soups
  • Canned or jarred stews (beef stew, chili with meat, vegetarian options, etc.)
  • Oatmeal (especially microwaveable and flavored packets)
  • Hot Chocolate packets
  • Ensure Protein Shakes 
  • Cheese (especially American and Cheddar)
  • Soft granola bars 
  • Cereal
  • Pancake mixes 
  • Snack items (microwave popcorn, packaged nuts, chocolate covered raisins/almonds, yogurt covered raisins/almonds, etc.)
  • Condiments (salad dressings, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, oil & vinegar)
  • Pickles 
  • Holiday treats/snacks

(new or very gently used/consignment ready) no stains, rips and ready to wear

  • WE ARE NOW COLLECTING WINTER GEAR YEAR ROUND: coats, boots, waterproof gloves, thermal gear, snow pants
  • NEW or very gently used boots, sneakers, or sturdy shoes (especially sizes 10 and up)
  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs: small and medium sizes
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear: small and medium sizes
  • NEW bras (especially sizes A, B, and C)
  • NEW sports bras
  • Jeans and casual pants: men’s 28”-38”
  • Leggings: all adult sizes
  • Plain t-shirts: (especially L, XL, and 2XL)
  • Rain ponchos
  • Baseball caps
  • Sweatpants: all adult sizes
  • Hoodies: M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X
  • Belts
  • NEW socks 
  • Tents (earth tones preferred)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Backpacks
  • Tote bags
  • Tarps
  • Towels
  • Duffle bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrushes, wide tooth combs
  • Products for Afro-textured hair
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand/Body lotion
  • Period care products
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • First aid kits
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Band-Aids
  • NEW home cleaning supplies for housing-first tenants
    • Brooms, Mops, Plungers, and Dustpans
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Plastic totes with lids
  • Gel pens
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Bus tickets
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Date books
  • ESL books
  • Vehicles – Through the v-Dac Vehicle Donation Program, any car, truck, boat, or RV can benefit Preble Street.

You can raise awareness of the needs of teens and adults experiencing homelessness and help get others involved by organizing a food, clothing, or toiletry drive (PDF) to help us stock our shelves. See the current printable wish list.




Food Security Hub
75 Darling Ave, South Portland
Volunteer Entrance (ring the bell)
7 days a week: 7am-5pm

Non-food items

We can only accept certain items, and all must be new or gently used. Please make sure items are thoughtfully sorted. Thank you!

Drop off at Receiving Center
18 Portland St, Portland
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

or ship to
Preble Street
55 Portland Street
Portland, ME 04101

250 Oxford St.

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