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Join Us As We Work Together To Solve Hunger

Beacon of Hope recovers excess food and various products from local and national manufacturers, wholesalers, growers, packers, distributors, supermarkets, individual donors and trucking companies. Local food industry partners such as Publix, Wal-Mart, Milkco, Aldi, and many others support us in our effort to end hunger in Madison County.

If you would like to make a food donation, please call us today to schedule a pick-up at 828-649-3470.

If you would like to schedule a food drive, please download this form and submit it to or fax it to 828-649-3470.

Download our printable Food Industry Fact Sheet. The benefits of product donation are many, including:

  • Your donation is tax deductible, as allowed by law
  • Reduce storage and disposal fees
  • Enhance inventory control by reducing hard-to-move products and unsaleables
  • Put products to good use instead of to waste
  • Boost employee morale
  • Foster community goodwill

Accepted Products

We accept all types of fresh, dry, refrigerated, and frozen food as well as non-food items such as paper products, cleaning supplies, and health and beauty aids. We gladly accept product that is safe for consumption, yet unsaleable due to any of the following:

  • Close code dates
  • Mislabeled products
  • Surplus production
  • Discontinued products
  • Shipping errors
  • Un-harvested or post-peak produce
  • Cosmetic damages
  • Imperfect packaging
  • Production flaws

Who Benefits from Food Donations?

The Beacon of Hope distributes the products to people in need throughout Madison County, North Carolina.

Donor Protection

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, passed by Congress in 1996, protects citizens and businesses who donate apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product in good faith to a nonprofit organization for distribution to people in need.

Read the Act:

Quick and Professional Response

We can respond quickly, usually by the next business day. Pallet exchange can be provided. We have a refrigerated vehicle. A team of community volunteers inspect, clean, sort, label, and repack donations.

Safe Food Handling

Your food donation is in good hands. We have thirty years of safe food handling experience. Key food pantry staff are trained in safe food handling.

Individual Donors

If you are an individual interested in donating a more family sized amount of food, please drop off perishables and non-perishables at the Beacon of Hope during business hours. A printable flyer of the most needed food items can be accessed and printed from here: MostNeededFlyer. There are many ways in which you can directly participate in improving the lives of people facing hunger in Madison County.

The most direct way in which you can have an impact is by donating food. Create a habit of buying a few extra cans when you go to the grocery store. Keep a box by your front door where you deposit these extra cans and when the box is full, bring it on over to the Beacon of Hope.

Backyard gardeners can plant an extra row for the hungry. Take your extra produce to the Beacon of Hope or call The Beacon 828-649-3470.

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