Culture Community Food Pantries Need Non-Food Donations, Too By Robin Shreeves Writer Cairn University Rowan University Wine School of Philadelphia Robin Shreeves is a freelance writer who focuses on sustainability, wine, travel, food, parenting, and spirituality. our editorial process Robin Shreeves Updated June 05, 2017 People who need help from the food bank often need more than just food. You can help them by donating cleaning products and personal hygiene products in addition to cans. (Photo: Pixel Drip/flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Food pantries and food banks see a sharp increase in need at the holidays, and they are grateful for cash donations, donations of traditional holiday non-perishable food items, and foods that are needed year-round. Many organizations that accept food donations also accept donations of non-food necessities, including toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies. Before you donate non-food items to a specific organization, contact the group and make sure they accept and need your item. Here's a list of non-food items that many families are in need of: Toiletries toothpastetoothbrushesdental flossdeodorantfeminine hygiene products, including maxi pads, tampons and feminine wipesbar soapliquid hand soapshampoo/conditionershaving creamdisposable razors Paper products toilet papertissuesnapkinspaper towels Cleaning products laundry detergentdish soapmulti-purpose cleanersdisinfectant wipesnew, clean rags Baby items diaperswipesdiaper rash cream To find a food bank near you that accepts donations, or to find a food bank if you are in need, visit Feeding America.