The ACO Food Pantry offers crisis food to families living in Allen area communities. Canned food items, non-perishables, frozen meats and fresh produce and dairy are often available to families in need. Stock in the ACO Food Pantry is a reflection of donations from the community and support from the North Texas Food Bank.
Families wishing to receive groceries from our pantry should contact the ACO Office for an appointment to receive a voucher. The office is located in the Allen Community Outreach Center at 801 E. Main Street. The ACO Food Pantry is also located at the Main Street location. Contact 972-727-9131 for an appointment.
Individuals, groups, businesses, churches, schools and organization all support the ACO Food Pantry with donations, holding local food drives and volunteering their time. A list of most needed items is available below.
Information to make donations or volunteer may be available by contacting Marjorie Vaneskahian, Director of Volunteer Services or Michelle Clough, Food Pantry Manager at 972-727-9131
Thanks to our partners in the pantry- North Texas Food Bank, Market Street, Whole Foods, Target stores, Walmart stores, Kroger stores, Panera Bread, Papa Johns, Elke’s Market Cafe, Petco and other generous retailers.
2013 Focus on Healthy Food Options
In addition to all non-perishables that are accepted at the ACO Food Pantry, ACO’s focus for 2013 will be on collecting healthy food choices for our local families in need. You can help us achieve our goals by choosing low-fat, fat-free, whole grain and low-sodium food items to donate. ACO’s Food Pantry is also equipped a large walk-in freezer and refrigerator to accommodate fresh foods and meats.
CURRENT FOOD PANTRY NEEDS:
Fresh Apples and Oranges
Low Sodium Hearty Soups
Packaged Dinner Mixes (such as Hamburger Helper)
Peanut Butter/ Low Sugar Jelly
Canned Tuna and Chicken
Low Sodium and Fat-Free Lunch meats
Low Sodium Crackers
Whole Grain Pastas
Healthy Snack Foods for Kids (such as granola bars, No Sugar Added Oatmeal, Fruit Cups, No Sugar Applesauce, Fat-free Pudding)
Powdered Milk or Soy Milk
Personal Hygiene Products (shampoo, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes)
Cleaning Items (dishwashing liquid, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent)
Gift Cards to local grocery stores