Winter is Here! Host a Sock & Basic Needs Drive at Your Office or Work

The weather is cooling down!* Teen Feed works to offer basic needs items and daily essential to help homeless youth to care for themselves. We distribute basic needs items to youth at the nightly meal program, during street outreach, and in our office as youth access support coordination.

We rely on you, our community to provide basic needs items to the youth. Consider collecting items at your office, home or social group, or sending an email to friends requesting travel toiletries. Whatever a supply drive may look like to you, know you are providing youth the daily essentials they desperately need. Below we have provided downloadable signage and resources to help you with with your Sock or Basic Needs Drives.  Thank you on behalf of the youth we serve*

CLICK HERE and Shop our (Janine’s) Amazon Wish list for the kids!

Basic Needs Drive Resources:
Basic Needs Items for Youth:

Travel Sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream (winter)*
Combs and brushes
Full-sized Toothbrushes
Deodorant (summer)*
Dental Floss
Hand Sanitizer (winter)*
Tampons & pads
Nail Clippers
African American (POC) hair products

Hooded sweatshirts (L to XXXL, dark colors) (winter)*
Warm coats
T-shirts (summer)*
New men’s underwear/boxers (winter)*
Bras – all sizes, feminine underwear
New Socks – all sizes, wool please (warm when wet) (winter)*
Gloves, hats, scarves (winter)*
Sunglasses (summer)*
Water bottles (summer)*
Disposable hand and toe warmers

Other necessities: (waterproof is best)
Sleeping bags (winter)*
Tents (winter)*
Batteries – AA, AAA (winter)*
Blankets/ Tarps (winter)*
Travel-sized sewing kits
Flashlights (winter)*
Personal Journals (in gallon ziplock bags)
Warm/Cool pants (winter)*
Work boots (winter)*
Bus tickets
Dry dog and cat food (summer)*
Hot Cocoa
Instant Oatmeal (winter)*
High-Protein Nutritious snacks like Kind bars, nuts and fruit leather (winter)*

Donation Drop-Off Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm to 6:15pm, University Congregation Church – 4515 16thAve NE (@NE 45th), prior to the Teen Feed meal program. Donation contact: Janine at *call ahead to let the nightly teams know you’re coming. T: 206.229.0813

Need help? We are happy to create something custom for your group, or update you on the latest personal requests for our youth in their jobs, going to school or working for us toward stability as interns! Please reach Janine Kennedy at or 206.409.1202 for more information