From Can’t to Can: National Canned Food Month

It’s the post-holiday, winter slump, and it can feel like there isn’t much to look forward to. Christmas and New Year’s are over, and even Valentine’s Day is behind us. If you’re anything like us, you are done with the cold, rainy weather, and ready to get outside to enjoy the spring sunshine!  

But before February comes to a close, we want to remind ourselves that there is still a lot of good work to be done in these dreary winter months. In fact, sometimes it’s in the in-between seasons that we have the most opportunities to give time and resources to support our neighbors in our community. That’s why we wanted to draw your attention to the fact that February is National Canned Food Month!  

While canned foods can often provide a great source of nutrients, they are also (of course!) known for their long shelf life. That means a donation made this month has the potential to changes lives in our city throughout the year!  

Check out the list of High Point organizations that take feeding our city seriously. Choose one on this list, head to a local grocery store, and pick up some canned food items you could donate in honor of Canned Food Month.  

Two people carry boxes of canned food on a sidewalk at the Feeding Lisa's Kids program in High Point, NC.

Volunteers at Feeding Lisa’s Kids

West End Ministries 

West End Ministries is committed to ending food insecurity in High Point, and they do it in a variety of ways. They give out food boxes every Thursday between 2pm-4pm that are full of canned and non-perishable foods, which are the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries. 

  • What: Canned and non-perishable foods. 
  • Where: 903 West English Rd., High Point.  
  • When: Call ahead to schedule drop-off – (336) 884-1105. 

Open Door Ministries  

Open Door Ministries is another organization in our community dedicated to serving and meeting a variety of needs. A huge need in their organization is food donations, as they provide food through a variety of programs.  

  • What: Canned foods, fresh foods, rice, dried pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, flour, oatmeal, cereal milk, snack bars, etc. 
  • Where: 400 North Centennial St., High Point 
  • When: Monday-Friday (9am-3pm) // Saturday-Sunday (By appointment) 
A man stands on the sidewalk with packaged food at Feeding Lisa's Kids in High Point, NC.

Volunteers at Feeding Lisa’s Kids

Hayworth Cancer Center Food Pantry  

The Hayworth Cancer Center serves their patients in unique way through the Loveline Program, which offers assistance, including food pantry provisions, to qualifying patients. Particularly during COVID-19, it’s important for these immuno-compromised patients to be able to pick up groceries and minimize virus exposure.  

  • What: Canned meats, canned vegetables, soups, rice, beans, canned fruit 
  • Where: Hayworth Cancer Center at 601 N. Elm St., High Point 
  • When: Anytime! 

Helping Hands High Point 

After dealing with their own child’s illness and medical bills years ago, the folks at Helping Hands High Point began a non-profit inspired by the generosity of their neighbors to provide food for them. They provide emergency assistance through both food and utility support.  

  • What: It may not be canned foods… but your donation to Helping Hands goes a long way in providing food to those facing food insecurity.  
  • Where: Online 

Feeding Lisa’s Kids 

Lisa Hawley of Feeding Lisa's Kids loads food in crates into a car.

Lisa Hawley and volunteers at Feeding Lisa’s Kids

At Feeding Lisa’s Kids, Lisa Hawley and her volunteers work hard to provide regular distribution of food items to families in the High Point community. A great way to get involved with FLK is through volunteering time to pack and distribute food items (early in the mornings!).  

  • What: A donation of your time!  
  • Where: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point 
  • When: The first Wednesday of every month 

Salvation Army 

With decades of service to the world, the Salvation Army helps to supplement needs for community members through their food assistance program including their mobile food pantry. This program serves 12 communities in the HP area on a monthly basis. 

  • What: Financial donations (or call to learn about food donations) 
  • Where: 301 W. Green Dr., High Point – Family Life Center 
  • When: Monday-Thursday (9am – 11:30am) // Monday – Thursday (1:30pm – 4pm 

5 Loaves 2 Fish Food Pantry 

This food pantry through First Christian Church of High Point is open every Saturday to provide food and hygiene items, as well as resources like food budgets and recipes to the High Point community.  

  • What: Food donations of all kinds 
  • Where: 2066 Deep River Rd., High Point 
  • When: Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) // Sunday 

As a community, we can care for our neighbors, even if it’s just one can at a time  

Discover our High Points,  

The HPD Team