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 minivans, 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 Kienan Mick, Finance Assistant at 612-872-1152.

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

Client Supplies:

• Ensure nutrition drink
• Plastic handled bags (by the case — we use 700 each week!)
• Handled paper bags (standard grocery size)
• 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)
• Cereal
• Microwaves
• Cake decorations

Office Supplies:

• Reams of multi-purpose paper
• Mailing labels (e.g. Avery 5160)
• Shipping labels (e.g. Avery 5163)
• Laser toner (for HP Laser printers 1320, 1022, 2015)
• Boxes of #10 envelopes
• Rolls of tape
• File folders (manila or hanging)
• 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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