Food Donation Hours

  • Monday-Friday
    8:00am – 4:30pm

Please drop off food donations inside the loading dock door of our Food Shelf building, 402 East 2nd Street.

Please do not to leave food donations outside a door at Winona Volunteer Services, especially in the summer.

According to the USDA’s website on food safety, canned foods stored above 85 degrees can spoil. Food donations should not be left in hot cars for very long either– we may not be able to use it if we suspect it has been stored hot for a long time.

Loading Dock Volunteers

We have 3 major food drives throughout the year: the MN FoodShare March Campaign which includes the Boy Scout Food Drive, the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge in July and 10 Days of Giving December 1st – 10th.

However, food donations are needed and accepted all through the year.  Please make sure the food items you are donating are unopened, safe and not exceeded its expiration date.

10 Donation Ideas for the Food Shelf

You notice that your local food shelf is having a food drive so you start searching your pantry for a donation. You think to yourself, surely someone will eat this can of beets I’ve had in the cupboard for a couple of years, right? Wrong. Before cleaning out your cupboard consider the following list of needed items.

  • Canned Fruits

  • Instant potatoes

  • Canned ham, tuna or chicken

  • Juices

  • Complete baking mixes (pancakes, muffins, biscuits)

  • Peanut butter

  • Canned stew, chili, spaghetti & hearty soups

  • Dried peas & beans

  • Rice

  • Cash. For every dollar you donate, the food shelf can purchase many more dollars of food from the central food bank.

WVS accepts produce!

It can be fresh from your garden, donated from your CSA box, or purchased from local grocery stores. We recommend all donated garden produce be fresh and reasonably clean. Please don’t donate bolted, moldy, or oversized vegetables.