Kind Pantry by Kind Veg

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

Since July 2014 we have been offering members belonging to the MHA Day Center fresh fruits, vegetables, soup, vegan crackers and nuts. Many receiving our foods are living in food deserts and several are homeless.

International Institute of Erie

This organization helps resettle refugee people in Erie.  Our food outreach started Nov 2017.  This food program offers lentils, split peas, various beans, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, rice and whole grain breads.

Veterans Administration (VA) Erie, PA

The VA has a food insecurity program for vets who are in need of food.  Sept of 2018, we started offering supplemental foods for the VA’s monthly food boxes.  We offer a variety of plant foods such as pasta, sauce, rice, various canned vegetables, beans, fruit, oatmeal, and grits and peanut butter.

Liberty House – Erie, PA

April of 2020 we started offering healthy plant foods to Liberty House, which is a homeless shelter for veterans and handicapped men. The men prepare their own meals. Here we take fresh and frozen produce, greens, and other salad ingredients, fruit, frozen vegan burgers and vegan sausages, pasta, rice, baked beans and bread.

The Refuge – Erie, PA

April of 2020 we started our food program at the Refuge, which is a homeless shelter for families. The families prepare their own meals at the shelter.  We take the same types of food to the Refuge as we do to Liberty House.

Community Shelter Services – Erie, PA

June 2023 we started offering this shelter fresh fruits and vegetables each month. The Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter for up to 85 people.

Columbus Apartments

This is next door to CSS and we started here June 2023. The people living here, were formally homeless. We help by offering them fresh fruit.

Other Agencies We Have Served In The Past:

  •  Front Steps – Cleveland, Ohio
  •  Mt Zion Seventh Day Adventist in Erie, PA
  •  United States Refugees & Immigrants Cleveland, Ohio
  •  Rural Revitalization Corp Olean, NY 

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


Kind Veg Food Drives are always appreciated!

We encourage businesses, churches and group to help us by having vegan food drives!  Vegan food drives help the poor, extend compassion towards other living beings and also help save the environment!  Please contact us if you can hold a food drive for us.  We appreciate large and small donations of foods.  A helpful list of foods we need is listed below to help get you started.  Also, if you contact Katherine at she will send you a Kind Veg Food Drive brochure for your convenience.