Food Donation Policy

If your class, club, church or other organization would like to conduct a food drive to help us fill our food boxes, here is a list of foods that we would love to have more of. These items are all nutritious, family friendly and can help stretch the family meal plan when food is scarce.

  • Canned or packaged tuna fish

  • Peanut butter (and jelly)

  • Canned soups

  • Packaged pasta

  • Tomato sauce (cans or plastic jars, no glass jars please)

  • Mac’n cheese

  • Packaged rice mixes

  • Beans (dry or canned)

  • Cereal (low sugar please)


Not to eat, but always needed – diapers, especially sizes 4, 5, and 6.

Let us know if you plan to do a food drive, and we can tell you what we need the most and even give you some suggestions on how to organize the drive and make it fun!

If you want to help Saint Martin’s emergency food program, but aren’t interested in conducting a food drive, go to the donate button on our web site and indicate EF in the purpose area. Donations will be used for purchases from the Maryland Food Bank or to support the overhead costs of our food program.

Here are some guidelines for things we do not accept:

  • Beverages  — no soda, sports drinks or energy drinks, nothing in glass bottles

  • Prepared or cooked foods — nothing home cooked or left over from a dinner or event

  • Refrigerated foods – no salads such as potato or chicken salad; nothing past a “Use BY” date

  • Baby foods – nothing past expiration date

  • Damaged packaging – cans, boxes or other paperboard packages with dents, rips, tears, dirt, rust or other forms of damage to the packaging

  • Bulk Items – no restaurant pack staples or large size cans (No. 10 or 3 quart size)

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Martin’s Barn/Resource Center: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday  6 -7:30 p.m.

14374 Benedictine Lane // P.O. Box 996 Ridgely, MD 21660

Martin's House & Barn is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN # 52-1913676). Saint Martin’s receives funding through the United Way of Kent, Caroline and Queen Anne’s County; the United Fund of Talbot County and the MD Charity Campaign.