​Donate food, clothing or other practical items

Donating everyday essentials like food, clothing or toiletries is a simple and easy way to a make a real difference to those experiencing need, hardship and homelessness in your community.

**We are urgently in need of food donations please see the list below to find out which items we are short of.**

What is needed

We rely on donations throughout the year to help support our service users.

Under each of the categories below we've listed the items so you can see what we are currently in need of and also items that we are unable to accept.

The lists below were updated on Wednesday 11 December 2019.


High priority

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh/frozen meat
  • Cheese and butter
  • Individually wrapped chocolate bars and sweets
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned meats
  • Cup soups
  • Instant meals - such as pot noodles or mug shots that only require hot water
  • Tinned fruit and desserts
  • Tinned pasta meals (ravioli, macaroni, etc)
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta sauces

Medium priority

  • Tinned soup
  • Sugar
  • Pantry items such as oils, salt and pepper

Low priority

  • Pasta
  • Porridge and cereals
  • Biscuits
  • Tea and coffee

Unable to accept

  • Items which are out of date
  • Alcoholic drinks or food containing alcohol
  • Items which have not been made in a commercial kitchen (a kitchen which is inspected by environmental health on a regular basis)


High priority

  • Jeans - small sizes in particular
  • Underwear (new only)
  • T-shirts
  • Jumpers and sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Waterproof clothing

Medium priority

  • Trousers
  • Shoes, trainers and boots
  • Socks
  • Scarves, hats and gloves

Low priority

  • Suits
  • Children's clothing

Unable to accept

  • Items which are stained or showing signs of excessive wear and tear.

We are happy to accept clothing with company logos on as long as the company are aware our service users will be wearing the branded items.


High priority

  • Deodorant
  • Shaving foam/gel
  • Razors
  • Shower gel

Medium priority

  • Shampoo

Low priority

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand soap (not containing alcohol)
  • Conditioner
  • Sanitary products

Unable to accept

Items which have been used or opened, items containing alcohol.

Household goods

High priority

  • Tin openers
  • Towels
  • Double duvets

Medium priority

  • Sheets
  • Duvet covers
  • Pillowcases

Low priority (please call/email us first to check before donating these items as we are short on storage space)

  • Single duvets
  • Pillows
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery

Unable to accept

  • Items which are stained or showing signs of excessive wear and tear
  • Electrical items
  • Furniture

We also run a number of specific campaigns throughout the year and will use our social media pages as well as this page to highlight any urgent needs.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.

What’s it for?

Donated food, clothing, and toiletries go directly to people in immediate need. By helping them to meet their basic needs then we can work with them to address the underlying issues they are facing and support them towards a better future.

Whether someone is sleeping rough, fleeing violence or being forced to make the tough decision between heating their home and feeding themselves, these small things many of us take for granted can make a big difference.

How to help

Donations can be made at our Head Office at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen AB10 1SD.

When we're open:

Monday - Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Friday: 9.00am - 4.00pm

We can sometimes accept donations at the weekend, however, please contact us first by calling 0300 303 0903 and selecting option 1, or emailing fundraising@aberdeencyrenians.org (phone and email monitored Mon-Fri).

We can also in some cases come and pick up donations if you are in the Aberdeen area. This is reliant on our volunteer's availability so give us a call or email us on the details above to see if we can arrange a pick-up.

Arrange your own collection?

We would be delighted if you were able to arrange a collection of food, toiletries and clothing at your workplace, school or in your community. Our fundraising team can help so get in touch and let us know what you are planning to do.

Want to donate from your business?

Whether you wish to make a one-off donation of practical items or a regular donation of collected or end of day food, our fundraising team will be happy to help.