Kind Pantry by CAP
Kind Pantry offers plant based foods to low income people in our community.  Our volunteer food outreach is a labor of love and respect for people, animals and our environment.  When we say we care about people, then naturally we want the best for them.  At Kind Pantry we like to offer foods that are nutritious and will benefit people’s health without contributing to the unnecessary and cruel animal abuse inflicted upon land and sea animals in today’s food industry.  Healthful kind food can be obtained without harming other living beings.

Kind Pantry supports environmental stewardship.  Growing plant foods is a more sustainable approach to feeding people.  An animal based diet waste and pollutes water [1] damages air quality [2], and contributes to climate change. [3]  A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported the following: if all animal-based food production in the United States were replaced by nutritionally equivalent plant-based crops, the country could feed an additional 350 million people (which is more than the total US population).

Sources: [1] CNN “All About: Food and fossil fuels” [2] Grist “EPA offers air-pollution immunity to factory farms” [3] United Nations Foreign Agriculture Organization,” Livestock Impacts on the Environment.”[4] Cornell University Professor 

Kind Pantry Locations

Mental Health Association (MHA) Erie, PA

Kind Veg started food outreach at MHA on July 22, 2014.  Over the course of the last 5 ½ years we have offered MHA members’ at the day center, nutritious plant foods.  Each month we offer various fresh vegetables, fruit, and bread and sometimes we are able to offer nuts.  Many that are receiving our foods often live in food desserts.  The members’ receiving the healthy foods appreciate our services.

Erie International Institute

Our food program at the Institute started November 2017.  For the last two years, each month we offer fresh produce, dried legumes, rice, bread, peanut butter and jam.  We also offer the Institute Daycare Center fresh fruit for the children.  Many new arrivals that come to Erie to resettle in our area appreciate the nutritional foods we offer.

Veterans Administration (VA) Erie, PA

The Kind Veg food program at the VA started in September 2018.  The VA has its own food insecurity pantry.  To help keep their pantry stocked, they receive non-perishable foods from various organizations in Erie.   Social workers from the VA notify those in charge of the pantry when a veteran is in need of food.  Kind Veg offers a variety of foods for the VA’s Food Insecurity Program.  Foods we offer each month include oatmeal, grits, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, canned beans, and canned fruits.

Mount Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church

Our food program here began in March 2019.  Every month after the church service, we offer the low-income members of Mount Zion Seventh Day Church various fresh vegetables, fruit, breads and sometimes nuts when they are available.  The people receiving the foods are very thankful.

Kind Food Drives

Kind Pantry Food Drives are always appreciated! We encourage businesses, churches and groups to help us by having healthful plant based food drives. Vegan food drives help the low income, extend compassion towards other living beings and help promote environmental stewardship. Please contact us if you would like to have a Kind Pantry Food Drive. Our Vegan Food Drives Brochure shows many foods that can be donated to help keep our food outreach programs running.

Plant-Based Foods Offered

Below you will find many of the foods we offer at the food outreach programs. If you would like to donate plant-based items, please contact us at 

PROTEIN FOODS (in cans or jars)

  • Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Canned Beans in water
  • Black-eyed Peas
  • Peanut Butter or any nut butters


  • Split Peas
  • Lentils
  • Other Dried Beans
  • Nuts and Seeds

PROTEIN FOODS (in Non-refrigerated Cartons)

  • Nut Milks (Almond, Cashew)
  • Soy and Rice Milks

VEGETABLES (Packed in Water)

  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Peas
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach



  • Pasta Sauce: no meat or dairy in sauce
  • Seasoned Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hot Sauce


  • Quick Cooking Oats
  • Quick Cooking Grits
  • Fruit (cans or jars)
  • Fruit or Vegetable Juice
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Quick Cooking or Regular Cooking Rice
  • Other Whole Grains


  • Dried Herbs and Spices
  • Mustards, Vinegars  and Olive Oil
  • Raisins, Dates and Figs
  • Popcorn
  • Cooking Spray
  • Coffee or Tea