It’s always best to speak with someone at the food pantry you’ll be donating to, since they are all different. Some food pantries do not accept certain items, especially jarred foods.
I spoke with a representative over at our local food pantry and she said that they’ll accept just about anything. She did say that they most need items that can’t be purchased with food stamps: toilet paper, feminine products, tissues, paper towels, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, diapers, and baby wipes.
Any baby items are appreciated.
More food suggestions:
Peanut butter, jelly, tuna, things that are a meal in themselves such as canned soup, chili, etc. Key meal components such as noodles, sauce, canned chicken, and the like.
Keep in mind: our food pantry also has a thrift store attached so you can always drop off household items, clothing, books, and collectibles.