Spring Food Drive

BUMC Spring Food Drive


Join us May 5th - May 19th for our Spring Food Drive in supporting Bethesda Help, as we collect food for our Montgomery County Neighbors!  Our Spring Food Drive will involve all generations of BUMC community.  

Everyone is encouraged to donate food.  Our Children will be sorting the food as they learn about hunger and nutrition during Sunday School, and our Young Professionals will be packaging the food for distribution.


Below is a list of the items Bethesda Help needs most.  Please consider donating one of these items, but all donations are welcome.  Also, please no glass jars, as they break easily.


         Instant oatmeal packets (6 or 12 individual packs)

         Oatmeal      (Round box)

         Cereal (unsweet)

         White and Brown Rice (1 lb bag)

         Pasta (any type) white or whole grain (1 lb box)

         Mac n Cheese (7.25 oz)



         Tuna (packed in water) – 5 oz

         Chicken – 12.5 oz

         Salmon – 12 oz

         Beans – 15.5 oz (black, garbanzo, pinto, great northern) (low sodium)


CANNED FRUIT (15 oz – in light syrup or juice)




         Mandarin Orange


CANNED VEGETABLES (15 oz) (low sodium)

         Green Beans



         Mixed Vegetables



         Canned Spaghetti Sauce

         Peanut Butter (18 oz) creamy or crunchy

         Shelf Stable Milk (not powdered)

         Jelly (in small squeeze bottle)


NOTE:  Items that we cannot accept

  • Food in glass containers
  • Bulk food items (see the size of items on our pantry list)
  • Items that require refrigeration
  • Food that is past its use or sell by date (see below for more information)
  • Cans that are dented, swollen, bulging, leaking or rusted

Information on Food Dating

Before you donate food that is past its best by or best if used by or sell by date take some time to learn about package dates first here.  As you’ll learn, most food is perfectly good to eat weeks, months, and even years past those dates!  Knowing this, Bethesda Help does share food past date.  Here’s a guide to how long past date they’ll distribute commonly donated items:

  • Baking Mixes – 8 months
  • Dry Beans and Nuts – 1 year
  • Cereal and Crackers – 1 to 2 years
  • Uncooked Rice/Pasta – 1 to 2 years
  • Canned High-Acid Foods (peaches, tomatoes, juice, etc.) – 12 to 18 months
  • Canned Low-Acid Foods (meat and vegetables) – 2 to 3 years
  • Food in Glass/Plastic Jars – 2 to 3 years