Food Donations

Acord gladly accepts donations of food items that have not reached their expiration or “best by” date. Donations can be dropped at our collection boxes at:

  1. Hamilton Wenham Public Library, 14 Union Street, Hamilton

  2. Hamilton Public Safety Building, 265 Bay Road, Hamilton

  3. Essex Public Library, 30 Martin Street, Essex

  4. If you have a larger donation, please contact us to schedule a drop off appointment

Acord distributes food, toiletries, and household paper and cleaning products. Please check the expiration date on every food item. We cannot accept donations of expired food or any medicine or vitamins.  

Most Needed Items
The products below are always in high demand at the pantry:

  • Breakfast items: Jam/jelly, cereal (hot & cold), pancake mix, syrup

  • Canned goods: Chili, hearty soup, canned meats (white tuna, chicken, salmon, ham), baked beans, beef stew, Chef Boyardee

  • Dry goods: Coffee, tea, cocoa, baking mixes, macaroni & cheese, couscous, quinoa, and other grains

  • Snack items: granola bars, raisins, pudding, peanut butter crackers, other crackers

  • Condiments: Mayonnaise, salad dressing, mustard, ketchup, and other condiments

  • Personal care items: Soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products

  • Baby items: Diapers, formula, baby food

  • Fresh Produce Donations

Acord is able to accept donations of fresh produce from your garden or the grocery store.  Just be sure to contact us for drop off options to insure produce is distributed while it is still fresh.

Food Drive Information

Food drives are a great way to help Acord.  They help to stock our shelves and provide much appreciated variety for our clients.

Anytime of year is a great time for a food drive but please consider hosting a drive during our slower months of February through April or June through September.

If you are interested in organizing a food drive, please contact us at or 978-468-7424.

Tips/Guidelines for a Successful Food Drive

  • Promote your drive at least a week in advance to give people time to shop.

  • Hand out a shopping list of most needed items, which can be found here: LINK TO LIST. Consider a theme, such as breakfast items, “meals in a can,” a holiday, or foods for kids’ lunchboxes.

  • Acord is not able to accept food items that are opened or past their expiration date.

  • For workplace drives, ask the company to offer a matching gift. Encourage competition. Recognize the group that brings in the most food.

  • Let people know they can make a financial donation to Acord if they prefer.

  • Decorate and label collection boxes.

  • Please check the expiration date on each item that you receive. (Don’t bring expired products to Acord; please throw out or compost them yourself.)

  • Deliver the food to Acord at a previously-arranged time.

  • Thank donors afterward, in whatever way you recruited them. Post thanks on Facebook and Twitter; e-mail friends and colleagues; replace your promotional poster with a thank-you poster. Consider sharing a photo of all the food you collected, or info about how much was donated.

Thank you for partnering with Acord. 


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