There is no such thing as a "bad" donation to a food pantry. But the truth is that some donations feed more people than others.

Many food pantries receive food at a huge discount from Food Banks or wholesalers. How big a difference does cash make? If you are going to make a donation, please consider donating the cash value instead of the food.

Some people are wary of donating money out of concern it may be misused. There is an easy solution: Food Banks are like regular banks in that member agencies have accounts. Money can be donated directly into your local Food Pantry's account, and they can use it only to withdraw food.

However, please be aware that Food Pantries may also have operational expenses (phone, electricity, sometimes rent, etc.) and they need help with those too.
Donate in the way that does the most good