501c3 Letter of Determination
Food, new and gently used clothing, small household items, diapers, hygiene items, feminine products, new toys for our Holiday Program, new school supplies, and backpacks. These are the types of “in-kind” donations enable us to offer our families the essentials that are needed throughout the year.  With your help, we are able to supply goods that help low-income clients flourish.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I trust that my donations go to families in need?

Transparency is important to us and essential in your decision to give! Davis Street’s clients certify with the agency and are determined eligible on the basis of income and circumstances. To learn about how one signs up for food and clothing please click here.

Will my items be sold?

Once Davis Street clients have certified for our basic need services, they have access to our food and clothing department bi-weekly and monthly to receive food and clothing at no cost. On Fridays, gently used clothing and household goods may be sold at reasonable thrift prices at Davis Street’s Yard Sale, which is open to the entire public community. (Come visit!) Proceeds generated from the Yard Sale will be used towards keeping our pantry shelves stocked.

How can I drop off my items?

Our Food Warehouse and Clothing Department accepts donations Monday through Friday between the hours of 9AM – 3PM. Please come to the back of our building on 3081 Teagarden Street to have our volunteers assist you. Also, our Front Desk will also accept these kinds of donations up to 8 PM M- TH. Don’t forget to fill out a donation receipt so that we can thank you and send you a tax deductible acknowledgement! The value of your donation is tax deductible and is at your discretion—we ask that you estimate a reasonable value with taking the item’s use into consideration.

What is most needed in the Food Warehouse?

“Food for Thought” includes: Soup, Rice, Beans, Peanut Butter, Canned Chicken, Spam, Tomato Sauce, Canned chili, Canned Fruits, canned or frozen Vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn, and more). Think protein items and other nutritious non-perishable foods for our families! Baby formula, diapers, and hygiene items (toothpaste, feminine products, Kleenex, and more) are also consistently needed and lower in supply! To read more about organizations that partner with Davis Street’s warehouse and pantry please click here.

What condition do clothing or household items have to be in?

We ask that clothing be gently used. To respect the dignity of those benefiting from our services, please avoid donating clothing with rips, tears, holes, or stains. Davis Street does not have the ability to wash or clean whatever is brought in, so if cleaning clothing or products before donating them is possible, we would be so appreciative!

Do you accept furniture?

Davis Street does not have the ability to accept furniture. We especially cannot accept mattresses. There are occasions in which we may be able to accommodate or have a specific client in mind that we know needs furniture and can arrange pick-up themselves. Please feel free to call our Basic Needs Manager at 510. 347. 4620 ext 120 to ask if there is possibility to accept small furniture if it can be arranged to be dropped off.

Can Davis Street staff pick up my donations?

Davis Street kindly asks our donors to ask drop off donated goods at our building on 3081 Teagarden Street. If you have hosted a toy, food, or commodity drive and need a large bulk pick up, please call our basic needs manager at 510.347.3620 Ext 119 to ask if it can be arranged. If you have a disability that disallows you from bringing over a donation, please do call.

How can my group host a food, toy, backpack, or other type of drive for Davis Street?

If you are interested in collaborating with a group to donate, please contact our Development Manager at 510.347.4620 Ext 109. Let us know if we can help supply you with any materials or to schedule an opportunity to come meet or speak to your collaborative. We are here to support and cheer you on in your efforts!


Timelines to keep in mind for Donating Items

June – August: We are collecting backpacks and classroom supplies for Davis Street youth going back to school. Give a child a little extra head start this year in his or her studies! The purchase of these items can be very costly as many of us know and can add a great deal of stress on a families making decisions between supplies and bills, or food on the table.

October – December: Our Holiday Basket Program will be in full swing! Please consider donating 1) turkeys 2) non-perishable food items 3) new unwrapped toys and/or 4) $20 gift cards for teenagers. The San Leandro Police Department also accepts donations towards their Bikes for Tykes drive, a program in which Davis Street children are recipients of during the Christmas holiday.

January – May: Davis Street’s food pantry typically runs lower during these months. Consider stopping by with a bag of extra non-perishable groceries for our clients!