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. 

  • At this time, we are only able to accept the following items listed below.
  • We are also still accepting bagged lunches from those who have signed up. If you are scheduled to make bagged lunches, we kindly ask that you not prepare them yourself, but instead simply donate the ingredients so that our staff can prepare them in-house.
  • The following items can be delivered between 7am-7pm at our 10 Hudson Street, Annapolis location. Please ring our doorbell and leave the donations outside of our lobby door where a staff member will come out and accept them.


  • Cases of Bottled Water
  • Canned Fruit (in fruit juice)
  • Canned Vegetables (Low sodium)
  • Fruit Juice (100% fruit)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly (30oz or smaller)
  • Pasta
  • Canned tomato products
  • Soup (Cans or pouches/boxes)
  • Cereal (low sugar/whole grain)
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned Meats (tuna/chicken/ham)
  • Brown rice or rice products
  • Pancake Mix (just add water)
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Creamer (Dried or Individual)
  • Chicken Stock or Base
  • Beef Stock or Base
  • Oil (Canola or Vegetable)
  • Bags of Chips
  • Bread
  • Fresh Dairy (Milk/Cream/Butter)
  • Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella/Cheddar/Jack/Parm)
  • Frozen Vegetables (Peas/Corn/Onions/Peppers)
  • Frozen Waffles
  • Fresh or Frozen Meats (Chicken/Beef/Pork)
  • Other Meat Products (Bacon/Hot Dogs/Sausages)
  • Fresh Vegetables (Broccoli/Cauliflower/Carrots/Cabbage)
  • Fresh Fruit (Oranges/Peaches/Nectarines)
  • Squash Gourds (Butternut/Acorn/Spaghetti)
  • Potatoes and/or Sweet Potatoes
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Detergent PODS
  • Boxes of Tissues
  • Paper Plates
  • Disposable Cups
  • Plastic Flatware
  • Napkins
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents
  • Adult Male Backpacks

At this time we are only accepting the donation items listed above. We are unable to accept any other donation items until further notice. Thank you for your support and understanding!

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.