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Community Pantry


Take what you need, leave what you can.


What is the Community Pantry?

The Community Pantry is a space for people to donate food, hygiene, and clothing items for people in need. Everything in the pantry is free to take. 

Where is it located?

You will find the Community Pantry inside the main entrance of the library. The library is located at 1010 Dearborn Street in Caldwell, ID. The main entrance faces Dearborn Street.

Who can use the Community Pantry?

Anyone! If you see something in the pantry that you need, feel free to take it.

How can I donate?

There is a donation bin in the library by the front doors, directly across from the Circulation Desk. You can leave donated items in the bin, and library staff will sort through the donations and put them in the pantry.


If you would prefer to make a monetary donation for library staff to use to purchase items for the pantry, please talk to a staff member or visit the donation page on our website. If you donate online, please specify that your donation is for the Community Pantry.


What kinds of things should I donate?

Donated items should be non-perishable and non expired. Please do not leave frozen, refrigerated, or expired foods. Examples of needed items include:

Food items

  • Canned non-perishable unexpired items

    • fruits, vegetables, meats, soups/stews, chili, pasta sauce, etc.

  • Boxed or bagged non-perishable unexpired item

    • pasta, rice, oats, cereal, nuts, instant mashed potatoes, etc.

  • Snack items with a long shelf life

    • granola/protein bars, pudding, applesauce, crackers, peanut butter, etc.

  • Bottled beverages:

    • bottled water, sports drinks, juice boxes, protein shakes etc.


Non-food items

  • Toilet paper

  • Laundry detergent

  • Diapers & wipes

  • Soap & shampoo

  • Toothpaste & brushes

  • Deodorant

  • Sanitizing wipes/basic cleaning supplies

  • Menstrual products

  • Interview clothes for men & women

  • New and unopened socks/underwear

  • Blankets

What if I need something that is not currently in the pantry?

You can request items inside the library. Talk to any staff member! We will do our best to fulfill reasonable requests.

Questions? Contact us at (208) 459-3242 or for more details.

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