You can help Rhode Islanders in need by donating your car, truck, boat, RV or other vehicle to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank! Distributing millions of pounds of food each year through our statewide network of agencies, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank ensures that all Rhode Islanders have access to the nutritious food they need. By donating your vehicle, you can help our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families. To initiate your donation, complete the online form or call (877) 957-2277.
How to Donate Your Car to
RI Community Food Bank
Step 1: Provide Vehicle Information
Complete the online donation form or call us at (877) 957-2277. We’ll ask for some information about your vehicle, including the VIN, year, make, model, mileage, and condition.
Step 2: Schedule Free Car Pick Up
Tell us a bit about yourself and where your car will be picked up. You’ll be contacted by a local towing agent within 2-3 business days to schedule a pick up time that works best for you.
Step 3: Get Tax Receipt
Once you submit your car donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, you’ll receive a confirmation email with access to your Donor Console. Within the Donor Console, you’ll be able to track the progress of your car donation, upload documents, and get tax and title information. After your car is sold, you will be emailed a tax receipt.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of vehicle donations are accepted?
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank accepts almost all running and non-running cars and trucks. Other vehicles such as vans, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, RVs, trailers, planes, and heavy machinery are accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about a vehicle you’d like to donate, call us at (877) 957-2277.
How long will it take to pick up my car?
Once you submit the donation form, a local towing agent will call you within 2-3 business days to schedule a pick up time that works best for you.
What documents are needed to donate my car?
You’ll need a clear title in order to complete your car donation. Instructions on how to sign your title over to our processing agent, Advanced Remarketing Services, can be found in the confirmation email you received after submitting the donation form. You can also click here to find step-by-step instructions on how to sign your Rhode Island title.
Do I need to return license plates in RI?
Please remove and keep your license plates. You must complete a plate cancellation at the DMV or online. Click here to complete the plate cancellation online.
Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes! Within 30 days of the sale of your car, you’ll be emailed a tax receipt. If your car sells for over $500, you may deduct the full selling price of the car when itemizing taxes. If your car sells for less than $500, you can deduct $499 or your car’s fair market value, whichever is less. Please consult with your tax advisor on the best way to claim your RI Food Bank car donation tax deduction.
For more information on the RI Food Bank's car donation program
Visit our full FAQ page or call us at (877) 957-2277.