Donations of Food & Clothing


The Father McKenna Center graciously accepts contributions of men’s gently used casual clothing (larger sizes are most needed). We typically do not accept suits, dress slacks or sports coats. We also need packages of new men’s underwear and socks. To make a gift of clothing, please call ahead (202-842-1112 x104) to alert us that you will be coming to deliver clothing.


The Father McKenna Center serves more than 13,000 breakfasts and more than 12,000 midday meals annually, the Hypothermia Shelter serves up to 3,000 evening meals and we provide food to families in our area that help provide another 30,000 meals or more. Our food purchase budget is nearly $60,000.

We graciously accept gifts of food. To help us with the Food Pantry, click here.

To help with donations of large quantities of food for use in the Midday Meal program, please contact Ned Hogan (202-842-1112 x104 or We do take leftovers from large functions and other gatherings, and mix and match with food on our regular menu.

Wishlist of items needed at the Father McKenna Center

The Father McKenna Center graciously accepts contributions of items that we can make use of for our guests. These items include food, men’s clothing, toiletries.


  • Men’s slacks (especially waist 34 and greater)
  • Men’s shirts (especially large and x-large, xxl or xxxl)
  • Sweaters and Sweatshirts (especially larger sizes)
  • Coats and Jackets (larger sizes preferred)
  • Packages of new underwear and socks
  • Shoes (gently used)
  • Belts

Please, no suits, sports coats

Food (for Food Pantry – medium-sized packages preferred)

  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Canned Meat or Chili
  • Canned Fruit (all varieties)
  • Canned Vegetables (collard greens, spinach, green beans, peas, corn)
  • Soups (chicken noodle, chicken rice, minestrone, clam chowder, tomato)
  • Cereals (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Oatmeal, etc.)
  • Pancake Mix / Syrup
  • Rice
  • Pasta (spaghetti or elbows)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Ritz or Saltine Crackers (smaller packages)

Toiletries (travel size packages, preferred)

[Please remember, the homeless must carry everything with them, and large size packages, while more cost effective, are a burden to the men.]

  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream