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 Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Fruit Juice (40 oz. or less)
  • Boxes or Small Bags of Rice
  • Instant or Canned Potatoes
  • Coffee
  • New Pillows
  • Warm blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • New men and women's underwear and socks (no children sizes)
  • Winter Gloves
  • 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)
  • Ziplock Gallon Sized Storage Bags
  • Hand soap
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Full-size Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Diapers (size 1 and 2)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Empty Adult Male Backpacks

Pantry/Food Needs:

(No commercial sizes)

  • Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • Jam/Jelly (100% fruit)
  • Canned tuna/salmon
  • Brown rice or rice products
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Instant or Canned Potatoes
  • Pancake mix
  • Applesauce (no added sugar)
  • Canned fruit (in fruit juice)
  • Fruit juice (100% fruit)
  • Cereal - low sugar/whole grain/high fiber
  • Syrup
  • 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
  • Bus/Transit Fare Cards (Purchase at Annapolis Dept of Transportation, 308 Chinquapin Round Rd, and mention they're for The Light House)

Operational Needs: 

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Soap

Residential Needs:  

  • Liquid Laundry Detergent 
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers (Size 1 and 2)

Community Needs:  

  • Sleeping mats
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Empty, Adult Backpacks
  • Winter Gloves
  • 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 towels    New/like new blankets    Diapers    New/like new sheet sets (twin and full)    New/like new books/games/DVD’s    Travel size toiletries    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:

  • 47,400 bagged lunches
  • 85,600 pounds of bagged groceries
  • 7,700 hot breakfasts, 13,500 hot lunches, and 20,000 dinners
  • Clothing to 219 Career Closet Clients
  • Provided emergency shelter, food and other valuable services to more than 2,000 neighbors in need
  • Provided emergency and transitional housing for 187 individuals and 18 families, including 34 children.

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