Compassionate Actions Project Food Drives

We LOVE FOOD DRIVES! Your organization can help us! Please consider having a CAP Food Drive! Currently CAP works independent of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Western, PA. Our expenses to run the CAP Food Pantry are more expensive than most food pantries locally and nationally. A CAP Food Drive (see below) is similar to other food drives. CAP offers as much as possible, healthful plant based foods!

To have a CAP Food Drive, please contact Katherine at:
[email protected]

Defining Whole Foods

Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed.  Examples of some whole foods include unpolished grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables.  The term whole foods is often confused with organic food, but whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole [source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia].

Compassionate Actions Project Whole Foods

In keeping with our mission, CAP offers people supplemental whole plant foods that are nutritious, taste good and are easy for people to prepare in their own home.  We try to avoid offering foods that are highly processed.  Foods with white flour, cholesterol, sugar, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives and foods that are high in fat and sodium will be avoided at our food pantry.  Simple healthful recipes are offered at our food pantry.  Whenever possible, organic foods are offered at the CAP Food Pantry.

CAP loves donations of healthful healing plant-based foods. Here are foods to contribute for a CAP Food Drive

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Protein foods in cans or jars

  • vegetarian baked beans
  • all canned beans in water (salt)
  • black eyed peas
  • chilli beans in seasoned sauce
  • peanut butter or any nut butters

Protein foods in bags

  • split peas
  • lentils
  • other dried beans
  • nuts and seeds

Protein foods in non-refrigerated cartons

  • all nut milks almond, cashew, soy and rice milk 

Vegetables packed in water (salt) - cans or jars

  • green beans
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • green peas
  • mixed vegetables
  • beets
  • mushrooms
  • spinach


  • pasta sauce (no meat or dairy in sauces)
  • salsa
  • seasoned tomatoes
  • soy sauce
  • hot sauce

Breakfast foods

  • quick cooking oats (carton containers preferred)
  • quick cooking grits (carton containers preferred)
  • cans or jars of fruits packed in fruit juice or water - fruit cocktail, pineapple, peaches, pears and applesauce unsweetened
  • fruit juice unsweetened


  • whole grain pasta
  • quick cooking brown rice
  • regular cooking brown rice
  • instant mashed potatoes
  • other wholesome grains


  • dried herbs and spices
  • mustard and vinegar
  • cooking spray
  • coffee and tea