You can support our youth by donating food, clothing, and other items. Our youth are between the ages of 15-24 and we can use all sizes, always.
We serve thousands of nutritious meals every year, and provide our kids with toiletries like deodorant and toothbrushes, as well as socks, footwear, and clothing. To meet their needs we rely completely on donations from the community!
We are able to take donations at our Whyte Ave building (9310 82 Ave) from Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM (closed 12-12:30). Thank you for not leaving donation items unattended around our building.
Please call 780.468.7070 before bringing donations of large items such as furniture and appliances.
- New socks
- New underwear, men’s & women’s, all sizes (in urgent need of men’s underwear!)
- Men’s shorts
- Hats (ball caps, age-appropriate sun hats)
- Swimwear, men’s & women’s, all sizes
- Summer footwear, men’s & women’s
- Beach towels
- Men’s & women’s deodorant
- Bug spray (alcohol free)
- Hand/body lotion
- Floor fans
- Movie tickets
Tax receipts can be issued upon request for new items valued at more than $10 with a proof-of-purchase receipt.
- Meats( fresh or frozen): beef, pork, fish, lamb, turkey, chicken
- Breakfast meats( fresh or frozen): bacon or sausages
- Fresh fruit
- Canned Tuna
- Salad dressing
- Instant oatmeal (individual packets)
- Juice boxes
- Granola bars
- Bottled water
- Fruit cups/fruit sauce
- Cooking oil
- Chili powder
- Paprika power
- Ground black pepper
- Tex mex spice
- Pickling spice
- White vinegar
Non- food items needed:
- Kitchen cloths
- Dishwasher tabs
- Dish soap
- Serving tongs
- Kitchen utensils (knives and forks and spoons)
- New or gently used plates and cups
Nutrition is an important part of YESS programs and we make sure all our food is prepared properly and professionally.
You can help make sure your food donations are just what our youth need to stay healthy!
We cannot accept
- Food not prepared in a commercial kitchen
- Food not wrapped air-tight containers
- Bread in black garbage bags (unless they are wrapped)
- Items that are opened/have been tampered with
- Food that has been at room temperature for longer than 2-3 hours
For example, homemade sweets and meals, dressed leaf-based salads, open products, items that aren’t fully wrapped
We can accept
- Unopened non-perishable food items
- Unopened perishable food items
- Items from catering companies/restaurants that haven’t been served
For example, canned/dry goods, sealed dairy products, groceries with a receipt for a charitable tax receipt, fresh produce (home garden produce accepted), unopened fresh or frozen meat
Donating laptops, PCs, and TVs
Access to proper technology helps our youth on their educational, employment, and personal goals.
Here are some guidelines to help make sure any technology donations suit our youth and their needs.
We can accept
- New laptops/PCs/TVs (receipt required to verify)
- Used laptops/PCs/TVs that are less than a year old (receipt required to verify)
- Please call ahead before donating TVs
Used laptops/PCs/TVs that are over a year old and/or no longer functional come at a cost for us to dispose of responsibly. Thank you for helping us avoid these costs.
Tax receipts can be issued upon request for new items valued at more than $20 with a proof-of-purchase receipt.
Items We Can’t Use
- Sugary snacks (candy, pop, donuts, etc.)
- Exercise equipment and weight benches
- Large appliances
- Ping pong tables
- Pool tables
Any donations that we are not able to use in a timely manner or that are surplus to our needs may be shared with other non-profit organizations in need or used in our fundraising efforts.