Help Project Shepherd

People sorting canned goods for Project Shepherd

Help is needed throughout the year to provide food for Lakewood families in need through our food pantries. 

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to Project Shepherd online or by mail anytime. Donations of any amount, whether by check or credit card, help Project Shepherd fill the gap in providing items not otherwise donated. 

Everything donated to Project Shepherd goes to those who need it most.

How you can help

Donations of food and personal care items are always accepted at the Burns Community Center, Lakewood City Hall, or any city park facility. 

Donate food and personal care items (year-round)

  • Dry, non-perishable food items such as cereal, sugar, flour, pasta, rice and beans
  • Canned meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and soup
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Diapers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste, shampoo and soap

Donate seasonal program items

  • Toys for children (Barbies, Legos, Hot Wheels, board games, craft kits, Disney princess dolls)
  • Gifts for teenagers (fragrance sets, basketball, football, soccer ball, CDs, curling iron, blanket)
  • Practical items for seniors, such as umbrellas and grooming items
  • Choose a Teddy Bear Tree ornament and fulfill the specific wish of a child in need (program begins in late November)
  • Backpacks and school supplies are collected in the summer. Check the backpack program flyer(PDF, 1MB) for details.

Where to drop off items for December giving program

During the December giving program, donations of food items and gifts may be dropped off at:

Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Avenue
Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Call 562-925-7512 before dropping off the items.

Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Avenue
Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and alternate Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donation bins are available near the check-in station inside City Hall. Park in the Clark Avenue lot and enter through the westside entrance.

Shop Amazon and help Project Shepherd

If you designate Lakewood Project Shepherd as your "smile" charity, .5% of each purchase you make will be donated by Amazon to Project Shepherd. There are just two steps to do this:

  1. Click on the logo below, or type in and bookmark this secure link:
    Shop Amazon Smile to benefit Project Shepherd at no extra cost to you 
  2. Once you log in, you'll be asked to choose a charity. Type in "Lakewood Project Shepherd" and confirm your choice.

Then, shop as usual. And each time you go back to Amazon, be sure to use the link you bookmarked so all your eligible purchases will be counted towards a donation to Project Shepherd. It's easy and there's no extra cost to you!