Homeless Outreach Bags

If you are looking for a way to provide immediate assistance to a person experiencing homelessness, the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness encourages you to consider giving a homeless outreach bag. 

Why provide a homeless outreach bag rather than just giving direct cash? A person may be experiencing homelessness for a number of different reasons, but addiction is one of the commonly cited contributing factors. By providing nonperishable items rather than cash, you can help meet someone's immediate need without feeding their addiction. 

Suggested items for creating a Homeless Outreach Bag:

Individual Sized and/or Individually Wrapped Items

  • Bottled Water
  • Snack Crackers
  • Dried Fruit (Raisins)
  • Granola Bars / Breakfast Bars
  • Nuts
  • Pull Top Canned Food
  • Juice
  • Fruit cups
  • Beef Jerky
  • Cereal
  • Trail Mix

Miscellaneous and Hygiene Items

  • New Socks
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hairbrushes / Combs
  • Wet Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • Band-Aids
  • Lip protection (Chap Stick)
  • Tissues
  • Plastic forks and spoons for food items