Donate Supplies

Make a tangible impact on our program

There are many meaningful ways to make donations to Open Arms. If the kitchen is the heart of what we do, it is supported by many other organs, which rely on a steady supply of such things as paper, garden gloves and coffee to keep them going! Supply donations help ensure our funding can go directly to our programs — providing nutrition and technical assistance to people who are ill.

You can help by making a donation or organizing a donation drive with your place of worship, office, school, club or sports team. Donation drives for cereal, microwaves or cake decorations are a great way to come together as a group and help make a difference.

To make a donation or start a drive, contact Jennifer Bliss at 612-872-1152.

Here are some of the items we need on a regular basis:

Client Supplies:

• Low sugar, heart-healthy cereal
• Microwaves
• Handled paper bags (standard grocery size)
• Plastic handled bags (by the case — we use 800 each week!)
• Cans of ginger ale or Sprite (for Nausea Care Packs)
• Icee pops (for Nausea Care Pack)
• Saltine crackers or bags of pretzels (for Nausea Care Packs)
• Items for Food Safety Gift Baskets (cutting boards, thermometers, plastic bottles, bleach)
• Ice packs (Rubbermaid 7” square ‘weekender’ size)
• Cake decorations

Office Supplies:

• Greeting cards, particularly for birthdays
• Reams of copy paper
• Mailing labels (e.g. Avery 5160)
• Shipping labels (e.g. Avery 5163)
• Paper cutters
• Laser toner (for HP Laser printers 1320, 1022, 2015)
• Boxes of #10 envelopes
• Rolls of tape
• Laminating sheets
• Colored highlighters
• Batteries-AA

Hospitality Supplies:

• Coffee (to serve to volunteers and visitors)
• Coffee filters
• Tea bags – varieties

Open Farms supplies:

• Garden tools
• Rakes
• Shovels
• Wheelbarrows or carts
• Tools
• Sturdy baskets / buckets / bins
• Fence material
• Gloves
• Stakes and tie straps for tomatoes and peppers
• Trellis materials
• Box knives
• Irrigation system (PVC pipe, fittings, sprinklers hoses – approximately 300 feet to start.)
• Food grade hoses for packing area
• Nozzles and sprinklers
• Standard pack, plastic boxes/tubs
• Shallow packs for tomatoes

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