In-Kind Donation Needs

The Light House relies on in-kind donations from our generous community to ensure that our clients’ most basic needs are met. Due to limited storage space and health code regulations, we have developed the following donation guidelines. We are very committed to being good stewards of your donations by only accepting items we will be able to use.

Accepted items can be delivered to 10 Hudson Street, Annapolis, MD.

Items We Always Accept

Immediate Needs: 

  • Canned Fruit (in fruit juice)
  • Fruit Juice (100% fruit)
  • Brown Rice or Rice Products
  • Canned Meats (tuna/salmon/chicken/ham)
  • Cereal (low sugar/whole grain/high fiber)
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly (30oz or smaller)
  • NEW Pillows
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Boxes of Tissues
  • Warm blankets
  • Towels, Washcloths, Hand Towels
  • Empty Adult Backpacks
  • Diapers (sizes 2-6)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent PODS
  • NEW Men and Women's Underwear
  • NEW Men's Socks
  • Full-Sized Deodorant
  • Bus/Transit Fare Cards:
    Purchase at Annapolis Dept of Transportation, 308 Chinquapin Round Rd, and mention they're for The Light House
  • Gift Cards (grocery stores, Amazon, Target, Uber/Lyft, gas stations)

Pantry/Food Needs:

(No commercial sizes)

  • Canned Fruit (in fruit juice)
  • Canned Vegetables (Low/No Sodium)
  • Jam/Jelly (100% fruit)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly (30oz or smaller)
  • Cereal (low sugar/whole grain)
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Soup (Cans or pouches/boxes)
  • Beans (Cans, pouches, or dried)
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Canned Meats (tuna/salmon/chicken/ham)
  • Brown rice or rice products
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Instant or Canned Potatoes
  • Applesauce (no added sugar)
  • Fruit juice (100% fruit)
  • Salad dressing
  • Coffee
  • Powdered creamer
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

FULL SIZE Toiletry Needs: 

  • Deodorant  
  • Disposable Razors 
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (sealed boxes/packages only)
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Shaving Cream 
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Body Wash 
  • Body Lotion 

Kitchen Needs: 

  • Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Disposable Cups
  • Plastic Flatware 
  • Cases of Water 
  • Sharpies  
  • Paper Grocery Bags WITH handles
  • Plastic Grocery Bags

Gift Card Needs: 

  • Lyft/Uber
  • Grocery Store
  • Target
  • Amazon
  • Gas (Shell, Exxon, etc.)
  • Bus/Transit Fare Cards (Purchase at Annapolis Dept of Transportation, 308 Chinquapin Round Rd, and mention they're for The Light House)

Other Needs: 

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Soap
  • Laundry Detergent PODS
  • Baby wipes
  • Sleeping mats
  • Empty, Adult Backpacks
  • Air Mattresses (with pumps)

See our Clothing Needs page for clothing donation guidelines and drop off information. For guidelines on all items other than clothing see our lists below.

MUST Call Ahead to Donate
(based on client need/inventory/storage limitations)
 Perishable/leftover food    New/like new sheet sets (twin and full)    New/like new books/games   Bikes (take to Bike Doctor on corner of Hudson Street/West St)
   Furniture    Local Retailers (retail goods)

Items We Cannot Accept
(based on health codes/needs/storage limitations)
 Expired/Opened Food    Bread    Used stuffed animals/toys    Medicine/Medical accessories (crutches, etc.)    Home décor/seasonal items    Large appliances    Used pillows/mattresses    Baby items (car seats, strollers, etc.)
Used electronics (TVs, VHS/DVD players, computers, printers, modems, etc.)

For a list of Anne Arundel County Partner Organizations that accept donations, click here.

For Questions About Donations, Please Contact: 

Thanks to the generosity of donors, community groups, farmers markets, grocery stores and volunteers, last year The Light House distributed:

  • 51,083 bagged lunches
  • 196,870 pounds of pantry items
  • 38,544 hot meals
  • Clothing to 700 Community Closet Clients
  • Provided emergency shelter, food and other valuable services to more than 2,000 neighbors in need
  • Provided emergency and transitional housing for 257 individuals and 15 families, including 26 children.

Your donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.