Community (free) Thrift & Food Pantry

Mountain House (Free) Thrift & Food Pantry

What conditions must be present to construct self-governed systems for
creating and distributing material resources within communities? 

The Mountain House (free)Thrift & Food Pantry is a resource for all Mountain House participants and our extended communities. Folks can donate and access quality second hand clothes, staple foods, and personal hygiene products through swaps and resource sharing events held in homes, public parks, and by making an appointment for pick-ups and drop-offs.

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our guiding principles

  • Radically trust people and their expressed needs. We do not inquire about anyone’s income or personal access to resources to determine or verify needs as a condition for participating. We believe you and how you choose to share your needs with our community.

  • Build solidarity through shared interests. We come together across difference through the mutuality of our essential needs and use those points of connection to examine and challenge unequal distribution of resources.

  • Money is never exchanged for goods and there are no requirements to donate or trade goods in order to access items for yourself.

  • Address quality of life in holistic terms. Partner cultural and intellectual needs with efforts that ensure that cultural participants and producers have their basic needs met.

  • Emancipate the means to take care of our communities from large institutions and the state by empowering these efforts to form and function by and for the folks they benefit. Practice creating the Community Thrift & Food Pantry as an accessible working model that can be replicated throughout many communities.

Are you interested in donating things you have or picking up things you need? Please read on for items we are currently collecting and sharing. Email to arrange a drop-off or pick-up time.

Community (free)Thrift:

  • Gently used clothing items for baby, children, adults. Items should be clean and in good shape. (No stains, tears, patches)

  • Umbrellas

  • Sleeping bags

  • One person tents

  • Baby: diapers (all sizes), wipes (unscented, water based), formula (milk and soy), pedialyte, desitin, shampoo/wash, blankets, hats

Hygiene Items

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrushes (new)

  • Floss

  • Pads, tampons

  • Fragrance free skin moisturizer

  • Sunblock

  • Hair Brushes/combs/Hair-ties

  • Flushable cleansing cloths/wipes

Food Pantry

  • Large air and watertight containers

  • Airtight canisters

  • Shelving

  • One Gallon Ziploc bags (heavy duty)

  • Hand-held can openers

  • Reusable Flatware (new)

  • Reusable Plastic bowls (new)

  • Reusable tote bags and brown paper bags

  • Refillable water bottles (aluminum)

  • Canned beans

  • Dry beans

  • Peanut butter, or other nut butters

  • Rolled oats

  • Canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

  • Canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium

  • Low-sodium soups

  • Canned tuna in water

  • Canned chicken

  • Brown rice

  • Quinoa

  • Nuts, unsalted

  • Seeds, unsalted

  • Shelf stable milk and milk substitutes

  • Whole grain pasta

  • Low-sodium pasta sauce

  • Popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)

  • Canned stews

  • Unsweetened apple sauce

  • Whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals

  • Olive or canola oil

  • Canned tomatoes

  • Dried fruits, no sugar added

  • Honey

  • Chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock

  • Bottled water