Food Needs

We Help reduce Waste, Recover Food!

(And we compost)

We stock a food pantry for use by our clients and our team. We keep needs updated on our Things to Get Us wishlist.

Make Food for Our Clients

You can do with family or friends from your own location anytime.

We almost always need sandwiches. Peanut butter and jelly are popular as are very meaty sandwiches. Don't put a dressing on the sandwiches (butter OK) nor any vegetables. Sandwiches stay fresher that way. But you can send those on the side if you like. We're also delighted with finger food alternatives like breakfast tacos (any type), burritos (any time), or your own favorite homemade alternative!

We are happy to receive frozen casseroles in 8 X 12 (maximum) pans for reheating or sharing with housed clients.

We work with caterers, dorms and food recovery folks to receive larger quantities of safe food. We are happy with party or meeting excess that are safe as well. But we need you to follow safe food handling along the way, please.

For safety, we need name and email address on all food donations please! We provide receipts by email.

Drop-off Location:

University Area

SYMin Drop-in CenterLoading zone parkingM-F 12:30-3:30512 553 3796

Do you know we take these?


  • For our meal prep we seem to always need these:

    • Pasta (any type) in large bulk packages

    • #10 cans of beans, green beans, corn

    • Sugar

    • Ranch Dressing

  • For clients:

    • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, chili, beans, meaty soup)

    • Pasta

    • Cold breakfast cereal (bags or boxes)

    • Shelf-stable milks (cow or vegan)

  • We'll take just about anything unopened from your pantry!


  • Leftovers carefully cared for from meetings, events, catering, and parties

  • Home-baked cookies

  • Butter

  • Whole cooked beef roasts, pork roasts, turkey or chicken.

  • BBQ or fried chicken

  • We can take most unopened items from your fridge, properly cared for.

Note: We are an active food recovery organization for 10 years. We receive fresh baked bread, fruits, and vegetables from Keep Austin Fed, Save the Food, Whole Foods and Wheatsville Co-op!


  • Concentrated frozen Juices

  • Meats, raw or pre-cooked, all sizes

  • Raw frozen venison, beef, or turkey to make jerky in our dehydrator

  • We can take most items from your freezer, properly cared for.

Kitchen Items

  • Disposable paper plates and 8 to 12 oz. cups. (We try to stay away from disposable, but we use them at some events. We'll take what you already have but above is our preference for new purchases. We take already purchased disposable utensils. Don't buy any new for us! We don't use straws.)

  • Metal forks and spoons

  • Cleaning supplies you tried but didn't love (even opened is fine)

  • Foil, bags, wraps, parchment. We do a lot of cooking!

  • Dish towels

  • For clients moving into housing:

    • Place settings

    • Pots and pans

    • Working toaster ovens

    • Small working microwaves

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