Ready to Begin With Basics?

Create a Kitchen Starter Kit...or Two


1-2 hours


In your kitchen! Or any place your group can get together to assemble the kits.


Ongoing activity throughout the year.


Both individuals and groups can complete this activity; an adult (or teen) is needed to help purchase/obtain the supplies, and a driver who can bring the items to Household Goods.


People who come to Household Goods for kitchen furnishings enjoy selecting pots, pans and other kitchen equipment. Kitchen Starter Kits help them jump start the process and make sure they have all the necessities for preparing meals in their new homes! Clients come from all over the Greater Boston region, including Lowell, Worcester, Framingham, Boston, and more. By providing these everyday items, you can help victims of disasters, people moving into permanent housing, war veterans, refugees and others rebuild their lives.


Making kitchen starter kits is a great way for anyone - especially kids! - to contribute to Household Goods. Items can be purchased at your local dollar store, or you may be able to see what gently used items you already have in your kitchen drawer.

We furnish approximately 200 homes a month, so these kits are always in need.  If you are part of a Girl Scout troop, school organization, or just want to experience the joy of giving, please consider the Kitchen Starter Kit project.


  • Can opener
  • 2 pot holders
  • Dishcloth or sponge
  • 2 dishtowels
  • Set of measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Slotted cooking spoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula/lifter
  • Tongs
  • Paring knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cooking fork
  • Carving knife

Note: Please use caution when handling sharp objects like knifes or peelers



If you have questions, please contact Household Goods at To get started, simply follow the outlined step-by-step instructions in VIEW INSTRUCTIONS.


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
Sending or dropping off items to a nonprofit? Don't forget to tell them you found them through PGK! Download and print a packing slip here.

1. Collect each of the items on the "Needed Items" list. (Please note the quantity listed for each.) Items should be new or very gently used.

2. Place all items in a Jumbo Ziploc Storage Bag and label the bag: “KITCHEN STARTER KIT.”

3. Drop off (or mail) completed kits to Household Goods:

530 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

Note: As part of our COVID restrictions, donations are accepted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Please visit our website to make an appointment to drop off donations

4. Be sure to let us know that you found this volunteer opportunity through PGK.

5. Kindly fill out this PGK impact form when you’ve completed the activity.