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Stocked with donated items from our wish list and organized by creative volunteers, the emergency pantry has become one of the most important lifeline services we offer to hundreds of young clients and their children everyday. Having food and supplies needs met are one of the first steps youth take to stabilize in a crisis, and these needs are even further exacerbated by natural disasters and pandemics. Please look at the list of needs below and make an appointment to drop items off at the Skill Center.

We weathered the storm and hope you and your families made it safely through as well.  Our hearts are with the people farther South, and we are checking in with the young adults we serve and meeting emergency food and other needs now -- right here at home. 


Prior to the storm, RFL volunteers and staff helped those we serve prepare handing out hurricane supplies. We have nearly emptied our pantry, so we need a little help to keep life on track for the resilient former foster youth we serve. 


The RFL efforts for Hurricane Ian include a major focus on post-storm stabilization and homelessness prevention. The expense of preparing for the storm combined with the loss of income due to businesses being shut down and being without power, leave the former foster youth we serve struggling to make up the difference in their income as life returns to normal. This is a critical time for the former foster youth we serve, and they often need our help to catch up and get life back on track. Using Irma, the storm several years ago as a guide, this effort will likely take months to help those we serve to get back on their feet. 


If you have some extra hurricane supplies that you didn’t use, or if you want to shop and pick up a few things to contribute, the items we need most is below. We are happy to do the shopping for you, if that’s easier. Click here to donate (Funds and items are allocated to Youth Services). 

We are grateful for you; our Ready for Life Family and the care you provide to the resilient young adults we serve. Imagine if we were not gathered to help these resilient young people. Imagine what it would be like to prepare for and recover from a hurricane of this size without people who care about you. Thanks to you, the hundreds we serve at RFL don’t have to know what that feels like.

Thank you for your hearts to help. 

The Ready for Life Team

Please note: Ready for Life makes “Meal Kit” Bags and “Snack” Bags to help the former foster youth (and their children) make it through these difficult times. We distribute food to individuals and families, so we do not need bulk food items and very large sizes. Individual size items work better for this emergency food relief program. We have a wonderful partnership with a group called Santa’s Angels who provide us with hygiene items and diapers, wipes etc. for the Emergency Needs Pantry, so we do not need those items at this time.

All donation drop offs must be scheduled at our Skill Center by appointment only. Please do not leave packages outside our door as it is likely we will not get them. contact or call (727) 954-3989 ext. 0 to schedule a drop-off. 

Download Current Needs List

Updated 9/30/2022


  • $20 Walmart or Publix Gift Cards (for meats & fresh foods we cannot stock)

  • $20 Gas Cards 

  • $20 Uber/Lyft Gift Cards


  • Canned Soup

  • Canned Ravioli

  • Canned Spaghetti O’s

  • Canned Chicken

  • Canned Tuna

  • Canned Ham

  • Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups


  • Clorox Wipes

  • Toilet Paper


  • Pasta

  • Pasta Sauce (Red and White)

  • Mac n’ Cheese

  • Velveeta Cheese

  • Peanut Butter


  • Boxes of Cereals (cheerios, frosted flakes, special k, and kid cereals please)

  • Oatmeal (individual or family size)


  • 1-2lbs Ground Beef packages (to freeze)

  • 1-2lbs Ground Turkey packages (to freeze)


  • Graham Crackers

  • Ritz Type Crackers

  • Cheese filled Crackers

  • Jerky/Slim Jims

  • Individual Snack Size Chips 

  • Individual Packs of Trail Mix or Nuts

  • Bags of Individually Wrapped Candy


  • Shelf Stable Milk

  • Juice Boxes

  • Bottled Water


  • If you’d like to support our emergency needs but don’t have the time, we are happy to do the shopping for you! To donate, please click here. Funds are designated to Youth Support.

Have other supplies or items (see below for items we do not accept) that you would like to donate to Ready for Life? Contact Michelle Walag, SVP of Strategic Partnerships, at to coordinate

and contact or call (727) 954-3989 ext. 0 to schedule a drop-off.

PLEASE NOTE: All donation drop offs must be scheduled as our Skill Center is by appointment only. Please do not leave packages outside our door as it is likely we will not get them. contact or call (727) 954-3989 ext. 0 to schedule a drop-off. 

At this time we are not able to take the following items: 

  • Furniture

  • Previously worn workout attire, night clothes, or under garments

  • Torn or stained items

  • Used bedding, towels, or other linens

  • Fresh produce or dairy (Unless it is specific to an upcoming meal planning class. See above for current lists.)

  • Used strollers, car seats, cribs, or baby swings

  • Toys or stuffed animals

  • Used luggage

  • Used clothing (Please note: We do take in some used clothing, however if the items are dated they are passed on through our “Giving Makes Cents” partnership with Goodwill. Goodwill gives RFL 10 cents per pound for used clothing. This fund allows us to send the young people we serve shopping for particular items they need. We have very limited storage and so the partnership serves a wonderful supportive purpose for RFL.)


If you are looking to re-home any of the items above, click here for a list of some of our local partners.