Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless in the Danbury CT area since 1982

Wish List

Items for Grab and Go Bags (in addition to sandwiches -- if you are interested in making sandwiches, send an email to to be added to the sandwich schedule).

  • Fresh fruit
  • Cookies
  • Granola Bars and Pop Tarts
  • Individually Wrapped Snacks
We are now accepting donations of the following clothing items at the shelter (the building behind our kitchen at 11 Spring St) on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm::
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirts/hoodies
  • Men's jeans -- size 32, 34, 36
  • Men's shirts
  • Men's non winter jackets
  • Men's footwear -- especially workboots
  • New men's and women's underwear

Items we particularly need:

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Salad dressing
  • Black beans
  • Individual toiletries -- soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, deoderant

Other things we can use:

  • Warm adult winter gloves -- no Dollar Store gloves please
  • Men's adult ski jackets
  • Baked beans -- pork and beans
  • Canned beef stew
  • 16 oz bottled water
  • Canned chili
  • Pasta -- Spaghetti, ziti, penne
  • Canned vegetables -- particularly green beans and corn
  • Grape Jelly
  • Rice
  • Canned Gravy -- Beef, Chicken and Turkey
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Umbrellas
  • Twin sheets, blankets and pillowcases
  • Hams -- canned or other
  • Mayonnaise
  • Canned chicken and canned tuna
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins

Things that we are not looking for:

  • Kidney beans
  • Hot Sauce
  • Clothing except noted above
  • Cold drink mix -- lemonade, iced tea, etc

If you are considering donating a turkey, if you can do so, please donate a ham instead.   It's much easier to prepare and serve.

We cannot accept donations of meat which has not come from a commercial supplier (ex no venison from hunters).

Dorothy Day House has limited storage facilities, so we are unable to accept clothes donations except for items noted above 

Unfortunately we are not able to arrange pickups of donations.   Except for clothing noted above, the best time to bring donations to Dorothy Day House is between 1:30 to 2:30pm any day of the week when the cooking crew is preparing the daily meal. It's a good idea to call (203-743-7988) to make sure someone is at the kitchen before dropping off donations. For directions to Dorothy Day House, click here.

If you are planning to do a food drive, please contact Ken Ballard at 203-770-9668.  All food donations are used in meals prepared at the kitchen.   We do not distribute food baskets to our guests.    Therefore, there is no large requirement for food around Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.   Plenty of donations come in at this time, so if you are planning a food drive, if it is possible, please consider running it during the first 10 months of the year.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it" - Hebrews 13:1-2

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
11 Spring Street, Danbury CT
Mailing Address: PO Box 922 Danbury CT 06813-0922
Tel:  (203) 743-7988

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