In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Donations

The Receiving Center is MOVING!

Starting July 30, the Receiving Center will be co-located on site with the Food Security Hub at 75 Darling Avenue, South Portland, ME. Donation hours will also be expanded to 9AM – 3PM, Tuesday through Friday. There will be more space to accept donations and more parking for donors. The Receiving Center will be closed Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, to make the move. Please adjust your schedules accordingly. 

People who experience chronic homelessness have prolonged sun exposure, putting them at much higher risk of eye and skin damage from the sun. Please consider donating hats, sunglasses, light long sleeve t-shirts and pants, and even sunscreen to Preble Street to protect vulnerable community members from the sun’s harmful impacts. 


Spring & Summer 2024 Top Needs

Please only donate new or gently used items. If using black trash bags, please make sure items are thoughtfully sorted.
  • SOCKS!
  • NEW or gently used, durable sneakers, Sandals (flats only), flip flops, and slides
  • Blankets (new or like new, clean, free of pet fur)
  • Men’s pants (sizes 28-34)
  • Women’s pants (sizes 0-6)
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • NEW or gently used baseball hats and bandanas
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts/hoodies (All Sizes)
  • Backpacks, tote bags, duffle bags, suitcases
  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs, all sizes
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear, small – x-large (5-9)
  • Durable raincoats and ponchos 
  • NEW sports bras, all sizes
  • Lightweight jackets
  • Plain t-shirts, all genders, all adult sizes. 
  • Tank tops
  • Casual dresses
  • Athletic shorts and non-athletic shorts
  • Leggings: all adult sizes
  • Sweatpants
  • 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 COLLECT WINTER GEAR YEAR ROUND, UP TO AND INCLUDING… 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)
  • Sweatpants: all adult sizes
  • Hoodies: M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X
  • NEW socks 
  • Tents and tarps (earth tones preferred)
  • Sleeping bags and sleeping mats
  • 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
  • Towels
  • Toiletries, travel or full-sized
  • 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 through Friday, July 16
18 Portland St, Portland
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

RC New Location, starting July 30                75 Darling Ave, South Portland
Located @front of the building
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-3pm

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

250 Oxford St.

Related News