Oley Foundation Equipment/Supply Exchange                 
Contact Information: Oleyequipment@aol.com or (866) 454-7351

The Goal: to connect families in need of formula, pumps, tubing and other supplies with families who have items to donate.

The Program: This program links individuals to individuals. Supplies are not distributed from a central warehouse; the Oley Foundation does not have such facilities. Products available are based solely on donations and supplies vary daily. The person requesting supplies must pay for shipping prior to any products being shipped from the donor, but this should be the only cost associated with the products.

Products Typically Exchanged: Our focus is on supplies and equipment related to home tube feeding and IV nutrition. Typical items include: enteral formula, feeding bags, tubing, IV poles, syringes, pumps, and related supplies. We do not list prescription drugs or low-cost items such as gloves and gauze.

Quick Links:
    Current List of Supplies updated October 5, 2015
    To Donate
    To Request
    Shipping Options
    Other Resources

To Donate Supplies or Equipment

1.  Inventory the items you wish to donate.

2.   E-mail oleyequipment@aol.com (preferably) or call (866) 454-7351 with the following information:
    product name, quanity, expiration dates, size and reference numbers for bags and tubes along with your contacting name, phone and email.


3.  Your items will be added to the list of supplies available and will be shared on www.oley.org (without contacting information) for 4 months or until the product has expired.
       Please do not send your items to the Oley Foundation.

       4.  You will be contacted by individuals who need the item(s) you have available. It may take several weeks for the Oley Foundation to make a match; please be prepared to hold onto the items.   

       5.  After contacting you, the person requesting the item(s) will arrange to have the item(s) picked up and shipped (by UPS, UPSP, & FedEx, for example). The recipient will have been advised that he or she is responsible for making shipping arrangements and paying shipping costs. Please make sure the person in need emails or mails you shipping labels prior to sending items out. Please be sure you and the recipient are fully comfortable with the provisions you put in place before shipping anything. While we can try to help correct misunderstandings, the Oley Foundation cannot assume responsibility if you ship something and are not reimbursed.

        6.  Notify us when you no longer have the item(s) so we can remove them.

To Request Items

  1. Review the list of supplies currently available.

  2. Contact us with a list of supplies you are requesting. Email oleyequipment@aol.com (preferably) or call (866) 454-7351.

  3. We will provide you with contacting information for the donor.

  4. Once you have confirmed the supplies are still available, you must arrange to have the product shipped to you. As the recipient, you are responsible for all charges associated with shipping. Shipping labels should be emailed or mailed to the donor and received before they ship the items. You should not expect the donor to cover any cost.

  5. Notify us so these items can be removed from the list.


Shipping Options:

Things You Should Know:

  • We do our best to respond to emails and calls in a timely manner, but this program is not a good option when supplies are needed immediately. In normal situations, you should expect a two-week turnaround.
  •  You are welcome to send multiple requests to the Equipment-Supply Exchange program and we hope that you are able to connect with supplies often.
  • Complete list of donated supplies and equipment (updated March 2, 2015)


Oley and the donors of products cannot
guarantee the quality of the supplies donated
or be responsible for their condition.


Other Resources to Help

Abbott Patient Assistance ProgramAbbott Nutrition’s PATHWAY Reimbursement Program supports patients and providers by helping navigate the complex world of healthcare. PATHWAY offers a wide range of reimbursement support services including: insurance benefit verification, prior authorization and appeals support. The resources and services are available through the PATHWAY website at www.pathwayreimbursement.com and through the the HelpLine at 1-800-558-7677.

Nestl Patient Assistance Program Application. The patient’s sole source of nutrition must be the requested product—100% of the patient’s caloric needs.

Canadian Children's Medical Support & Exchange. A group for Canadian families to swap medical supplies, and support each other, with medically dependent kids. Also the home of the free Canadian medical supply cupboard, for kids.

Cecily’s Closet. Connects people in San Diego County, CA who need medical equipment and supplies with those who have the item to donate. 

GoodHealthwill. Accepts and distributes at low cost medical supplies and equipment at their warehouses in Greeley or Loveland, CO. Loveland, (970) 624-6002; Greeley, (970) 515-6935

Project Sloopy. Accepts and donates medical supplies and medical equipment, as well as offers liaison services for healthcare and support groups. Philiadelphia PA (908) 399-6039.

Parker Lee Project . Accepts and distributes donated medical supplies and equipment to families that need them. Dallas, Texas (469) 441-1485.

Katy’s Kloset. Accepts donations of formula and equipment if delivered to or shipped to their location in Waukesha, Wisconsin. They loan out equipment and give away formula. (262) 746-9034. 

Joseph Thomas Foundation helps provide medical equipment etc. to medically fragile children in certain parts of Texas.

Facebook Medical Supply Exchange. You may have to pay for items http://www.facebook.com/groups/183532715060740/.

Matthew 25: Ministries. Collects and redistributes medical supplies to those in need in the U.S. and around the world. Donations accepted at warehouse in Blue Ash, Ohio. (513) 793-6256

NeedyMeds.org lists programs for people who can’t afford medications, adaptive devices, and other healthcare costs. 

Prescription Hope acts as a pharmaceutical service coordinator to provide low cost medication and medically necessary nutritional supplements/enteral formula to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.

New England Enteral Exchange Distribution Solution (NEEEDS). For consumers in or near the greater Portland, Maine, area. The Wayside Food Program serves as drop-off and pick-up point. For more information about NEEEDS, contact Karen Schilling (207-396-8524, SCHILK@mmc.org) or Ashlan Oberholtzer, MS, RD, LD, CNSC (207-699-1417, AOberholtzer@nelifecare.org). To contact Wayside, email Don Morrison, dmorrison@waysidemaine.org.

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation provides help and hope to underinsured patients who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses for their prescribed medications. (866) 316-7263.  For donations, email info@panfoundation.org or call (202) 347-9272.  

Food pantry/food banks, Doc to Dock, Humane Society, or veterinarian may accept donations as well.

Formula manufactures may have patient assistance programs, coupons or cheaper prices than your local pharmacy. http://www.oley.org/lifeline/ndtubetalk.html

General insurance resources Medicare appeal, discount prescriptions, etc.

Resources to help purchase discount tube feeding formula (go to: http://www.oley.org/tubetalks.html, and scroll down the section on "Insurance Coverage / Purchasing”).

Ostomy supplies may be available from United Ostomy Associations of America (800) 826-0826 or the Osto Group (877) 678-6690.

Ask your doctor or nutritionist to see if you can use a different formula, Carnation Instant Breakfast or a homemade, blenderized formula
Be sure to discuss this option with your physician/dietitian before trying it.

To find other programs that accept or distribute donated medical equipment, an Internet search for “medical equipment [or assistive technology] reuse programs” will call up a wealth of options. An example of one such program in the northeastern US is Getatstuff.com.

     Interested in other Oley programs? Everything is FREE of charge for patients and their family members. Join today!  

updated: October 5, 2015