In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Donations

Fall/Winter 2021 Top Needs

  • Backpacks, tote bags, duffle bags
  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs: all sizes
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear: all sizes
  • Hoodies (especially L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • Fall and winter coats (especially L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • Handwarmers
  • NEW or very gently used sneakers, boots, sturdy shoes (sizes 8
    and up)
  • Jeans and casual pants (men’s 28”-34”)
  • Sweatpants: all adult sizes
  • Leggings: all adult sizes
  • Tents, tarps, and sleeping bags (earth tones preferred)


  • Individually packaged snacks (granola bars, pastries, etc.)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Cereal
  • Juice
  • Cooking oil
  • Rice
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Salad dressing
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam/jelly
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Tuna
  • Canned tomatoes

Disclaimer: We have limited storage space for non-food donations and want to put your items to their best possible use. AT THIS TIME, WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW. If you have any questions, please email

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

  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs: all sizes
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear: all sizes
  • Jeans and rugged pants: men’s sizes 28-38
  • Leggings: all adult sizes
  • Plain t-shirts: L, XL, and 2XL
  • Rain ponchos
  • Baseball caps
  • Sweatpants: all adult sizes
  • Hoodies: M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X
  • NEW or very gently used sneakers and boots (most needed sizes: 8+)
  • NEW sports bras
  • Belts
  • Thermal Gear (tops and bottoms, all sizes)
  • Long underwear
  • Pullover sweaters (no cardigans)
  • Jackets (all genders, sizes L+ especially XL and 2X)
  • NEW socks (winter or all season)

Shelter Essentials

  • Tents (earth tones preferred)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Backpacks
  • Tote bags
  • Tarps
  • Towels
  • Duffle bags
  • Laundry detergent

Personal Hygiene Products

  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small bottles of 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

Group Supplies

  • Home cleaning supplies (for Housing First tenants)
  • 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.

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Central Kitchen
252 Oxford Street, Portland
Volunteer Entrance (ring the bell)
7 days a week: 7am-5pm

Non-food items

Due to limited space, we are only accepting the items listed on this page at this time. 

Receiving Center
18 Portland St, Portland
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
or email

250 Oxford St.

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