Donating Food and DIY Food Drives

A Note From Amherst Campus Challenge

Nonperishable food goods donated at Campus Challenge drop-off sites are being distributed to Amherst Survival Center and to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Of course, you may donate supplies directly to the organization of your choice.

Some of the most-needed items for canned food drives include:

  • Canned products such as fruit, pasta/ravioli, beans, vegetables, or tuna fish
  • Rice and pasta
  • Healthy snacks such as granola bars
  • Peanut butter and jelly; and cereal

--No glass jars, please.

A Note From Amherst Survival Center

Please let us know if you’re organizing (or would like to organize) a Food Drive!  Contact Shelly, Pantry Coordinator (413-549-3958 x204) or  We can give you a list of needed items and we can put it on our calendar (so we can plan for it).  THANK YOU!

A Note From Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Current List of Most-needed Canned Foods

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Rice and canned or dry beans
  • Spaghetti and canned spaghetti sauce
  • Canned or boxed pasta/rice meals and canned vegetables
  • Canned or instant soups/stews and rice
  • Dry oatmeal and canned fruit

Conduct a virtual or canned food drive! Visit

Did you visit to learn more about Monte's March in November?

See to learn how to "check out hunger".

Donating School Supplies

School supplies donated at Campus Challenge drop-off sites are being distributed to Amherst A Better Chance House, Homework House Holyoke, and Reader to Reader, Inc. Of course, you may donate supplies directly to the educational institution or community organization of your choice. Here's a list of commonly-requested school supplies:

  • Backpacks
  • Basic tools: compass; protractor; ruler (preferably clear plastic, metric and standard)
  • Binders , notebooks, organizers, folders, composition books, clipboards: Viewbinders 1”, single-subject and five-subject, spiral – 70 pages or more (wide ruled); page protectors; pocket folders – regular, tabbed and plastic multiple pocket organizers or Trapper Keeper; composition books; clipboards
  • Books - please contact Reader to Reader or your school or neighborhood organization directly to learn how to donate them to best fit their needs. Reader to Reader supports over 500 schools, libraries, shelters and other community groups across the United States. Over 4,500,000 books have been donated. Reader to Reader provide books for all age levels and interests, and books on CD. Visit
  • Electronics: flash drives, calculators - graphing calculator or iPod with graphing calculator app, batteries – AA (4 Packs) and 4 AAA batteries for graphing calculators
  • Glue, tape, scissors: glue sticks, bottles and rubber cement; adhesive tape – clear; scissors, small – round and pointed tip
  • Note cards and adhesive notes: index/note cards - 3x5 index cards or 4 x 6 plain or lined; temporary adhesive notes – often “Post-It-Notes” are requested – plain, small, and large
  • Crayons and markers: crayons (all counts but 24 is most requested); markers, dry erase washable – often “Crayola Classic” requested;  permanent – often “Sharpies” are requested – black fine point and extra fine
  • Paper: construction; copy (by the ream); loose-leaf – wide ruled (by the ream); graph paper (loose or in notebooks)
  • Pencils, pens,  highlighters, erasers: pencil case (plastic 3-ring zipper); pencil sharpener, hand-held; pencils – #2 Yellow; pencils, colored (12 count or less); pens (red, blue and black); highlighters; erasers – pencil top and large pink
  • Personal: calendars and planners; facial tissues; dictionaries; plastic storage bags (gallon, quart, sandwich)

Financial Donations

You may make a donation to 'your' orgnization or to any of our five core partners at any time. You could go to donate online at their website or send a check to their PO Box - we suggest that you indicate that the donation is part of the Amherst College Campus Challenge. Or you may send a check made out to the organization to Paul Sorrentino, AC #2277. The donation will be recorded and the check sent on to the organization. 

So that we may count your donation towards our goal, plese register the donation with Campus Challenge by using the Participation Form online or by send an email to Paul Sorrentino ( indicating the recipient and the amount.

Questions? Contact Paul Sorrentino at 413.542.8149 or by email at Thank you very much for supporting our efforts to alleviate poverty and to broaden educational access.

"Can" with Campus Challenge for Amherst Survival Center

“Canning” is a colloquialism referring to the activity of standing outside a store to collect cash or checks in a ‘can’ or to collect canned or other goods for a cause. Canning, tabling, and other such activities on store properties are at those stores’ discretion. The Hadley Stop and Shop and Wal Mart stores will work with Amherst College groups who would like to ‘can’ for Amherst Survival Center as part of the Amherst College Campus Challenge. Canners can receive 100-1500 pounds of food in just 4 hours. Have fun!

Check out "CC_ASC CANNING STEPS" for organing details like who to call and when, availability of special transportation, and how you can arrange for overnight storage of the collected food. It is good to bring some copies of "CC ASC Info for Shoppers" when you go 'canning'.

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