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DONATING CLOTHES, FOOD & MORE

CLOTHING

Our campus guests include unsheltered adults experiencing homelessness as well as "the working poor" in need of emergency assistance to help them overcome a financial crisis and/or lack of basic needs.

 

Consequently, we always need good quality clothes and shoes our clients cannot afford to buy on their own due to their minimal or non-existent income. New and gently-used clothing in good condition is distributed through our thrift stores using a voucher system. Clients can receive vouchers for free clothing once they participate in an interview with a Family & Emergency Services caseworker. Our partner agencies on campus and around town also distribute our clothing vouchers to those in need and refer them to our thrift store.

URGENT NEED - APRIL 2021: 

Our Downtown Campus is currently running very low or are out of these clothing items:

  • Men's pants in smaller sizes: 30, 32, 34, 36 (blue jeans, slacks, khakis)

  • Men's shoes (any type in good condition)

 

You may have clothing & shoes in good condition at home that no longer get worn that you could donate. New underwear and socks can be purchased at low prices on Amazon and big-box stores. We accept donation drop offs at our Downtown Orlando campus Monday-Friday between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

FOOD

All canned and nonperishable food items are distributed through our food pantry at no cost to the beneficiary. Anyone seeking to receive food assistance must first participate in an interview with a Family & Emergency Services caseworker to evaluate their situation and level of need. 

Look through your closets at home. Good-looking clothing items in like-new condition can mean the world for someone looking for work and in need of a decent wardrobe for job interviews. 

Affordable new and designer clothing is also available to the entire community for purchase at two of our locations – our thrift stores in West Orange and the “Unique Boutique” store at our Downtown Orlando campus.

Clothing items in great need:

  • Men’s jeans

  • Men’s black pants

  • Men’s shorts

  • Men’s belts

  • Men’s new socks & underwear

  • Men’s shoes (dress, casual, athletic and work shoes & construction boots)

  • Men’s work clothes

  • Women’s new underwear

  • Women’s tennis shoes

  • Women’s plus sizes

  • Children’s new underwear (all sizes)

Food items in great need include:

  • Canned meats & tuna fish

  • Pancake mix & syrup

  • Canned pork & beans

  • Canned soup

  • Bottled water & beverages

  • Macaroni & cheese

  • Nonfat dry milk in envelopes

  • Peanut butter & jelly

  • Rice & pasta

  • Canned pasta meals
    (ex. Spaghetti-Os)

BUS PASSES

Many of our clients lack their own reliable vehicle to get to an from a job, and therefore depend on public transportation. But the cost of bus passes adds up quick when used twice a day. As a result, Lynx bus passes are a frequent request at Family & Emergency Services. A gift of week-long bus passes can have a huge impact on the life of someone trying to get on their feet and become financially independent.