Stock the Shelves

Stock the Shelves: Host a Food Drive

Thank you for helping Loaves & Fishes “Stock the Shelves” by hosting a food and funds drive.

In 2023, Stock the Shelves food drives throughout our community donated over 22,000 pounds of food to Loaves & Fishes, enabling us to further distribute that food to 110 agencies. Due to the generous support of over forty organizations, businesses, clubs, families, and individuals who hosted a Stock the Shelves food drive! Together, we helped to stock the shelves of food banks, shelters, low-income and senior housing, Veteran centers, recovery centers, and so many more.

Throughout the year, Loaves & Fishes picks up surplus food seven days a week and delivers to 110 partner agencies who distribute it to individuals and families in need. Your generous spirit and support of Loaves & Fishes’ “Stock the Shelves” initiative truly makes a difference.

Every food item you collect in your food drive reaches the table of one of the 45,000 people in Greenville experiencing food insecurity. Each dollar in donations received makes an impact worth $19, while a gift of $100 fuels one of Loaves & Fishes’ refrigerated trucks for days.


Food Wishlist

Partner agencies serving our community helped to create this responsive list of high priority food items.


Dry beans
Dry pasta
Canned pasta (speghettios, ravioli, etc.)
Dry sauces (just-add-water gravy, etc.)
Canned sauce (tomato, etc.)
Canned tomatoes
Canned chiles
Canned protein; tuna, chicken, etc.
Cooking oil
Flour (corn, all-purpose, etc.)
Cans with pop tops
Canned fruits
Seasonings: chicken bouillon powder, garlic powder, dry parsley & cilantro
Hot sauce
Dried chiles: guajillo, chile de arbol, etc.
Cinnamon sticks
Mexican chocolate
Fruit Juices
Peanut Butter & Jelly


Canned food
Single and individual serving sized (cans of fruit, ravioli, etc.)
Just add water (macaroni & cheese, grits, oatmeal, etc.)
Instant prep (mashed potatoes, coffee, etc.)
Dry (cereal, etc.)
Little hands can make (cereal, cans of fruit, etc.)
Little or no refrigeration needed (apples, avocados, etc.)
Pop-top cans of food (spam, raviolis, pork & beans, spaghettios, etc.)

We Cannot Accept:

  • Rusty or unlabled cans
  • Homemade items
  • Alcoholic beverages, mixes or sodas
  • Open or partially used items

Food donations are risk free. Give without risk of liability under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and the SC Good Samaritan Law.


Do you have barrels or large boxes we can use at our donation site? We do not have any containers for use with your food drive, but the good news is that you don’t need them! Instead, consider collecting smaller sized boxes for use with your food drive for easier handling and delivery.

Are Rubbermaid, plastic, or tote containers alright to collect food in? You may collect food in any containers you choose; however, we encourage you to consider trading any larger containers you used during your food drive for smaller sized containers for delivery. DO remember that any containers you use to deliver food to Loaves & Fishes will not be returned (as they will likely be used in further delivery of these food items to our partner agencies).

Can you bring a cart out and assist me if I bring collected food items to your office? Yes, absolutely! Please call 24 hours ahead and plan to deliver during normal business hours.
Mon–Thu • 9a–4p
Fri • 9a–2p

Can we arrange to have our collected food items picked up by Loaves & Fishes’ staff? Of course!

How do I know if our food collection is large or heavy enough to warrant a special pickup by Loaves & Fishes staff? If your collection will fit in a personal vehicle, please consider delivering your collection to the Loaves & Fishes office. We conduct Stock the Shelves along with our regular pick-up and delivery schedule this time of year, so our resources are stretched thinner than usual. If a drop-off to our office just will not work for you, we will do our best to arrange for pickup.

How much notice do you need for a pickup? 5 business days, please.


Nathaniel McCrary
Director of Operations

Daneen Schatzle
Development & Communications Manager