Christmas in July

Be a ray of hope for our neighbors in need this summer and help us celebrate the holidays a little early — by collecting food, clothing, toiletries and school supplies for the Franciscan Center.

For more than 49 years, the Franciscan Center has served as a beacon of hope for the poor and hungry citizens of Baltimore. Our programs provide food, clothing and a range of emergency assistance and supportive outreach that is unique in our community. This year alone, we are on pace to provide:

  • More than 112,000 hot, nutritious meals
  • More than 5,500 bags of emergency groceries
  • Free, seasonally appropriate clothing and toiletries for men, women, and children
  • Emergency financial assistance with energy bills, medical prescriptions, eviction prevention and transportation

… and so much more!

These programs are made possible through the support of our friends in the community — but as the weather grows warmer, we receive fewer donations. Please help us to help our neighbors in need!

Critical Needs at the Franciscan Center

Healthy Food

  • Low or no sodium canned vegetables, fruit, and beans
  • Low fat powdered milk
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Brown or wild rice
  • Plain or low sugar oatmeal and grits
  • Low sodium canned chicken and tuna in water
  • Reduced fat peanut butter
  • Bottled water
  • Olive, canola, or sesame oil


  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand towels
  • Disposable razors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby powder
  • Lotion
  • Hairbrush or comb

(For men, women, and children)

  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Socks – New only
  • Shoes and sandals
  • Undergarments – New only
  • Pants
  • Jackets
  • Business attire
  • Pajamas
  • Hats

School Supplies

  • Loose leaf paper
  • 3 ring binders
  • Pocket folders
  • Book bags
  • Rulers
  • Composition notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Protractor
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencil cases
  • Scissors (safety)
  • 3×5 index cards
  • Pens and pencils
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters