What to do when your organization wants to hold a food drive
Cover the Basics
Choose a Theme
Set a Goal
Promote your drive
Make it Fun!
Set beginning and end dates for the drive.
Choose a coordinator to lead your drive and team leaders to take charge of areas such as promotion, competitions, kickoff and post-drive celebrations.
Contact Fondy Food Pantry to find out what items are needed most at the time of your drive. The pantry may also be able to supply you with containers for food collection.
Decide where your collection sites will be and who will deliver to your recipient at the end of the drive, or contact the pantry to arrange a pick-up.
Generate excitement and boost participation by building your drive around a theme. Be creative! One suggestion is to distribute grocery bags each evening at employee exits with a reminder of the needed items at food shelves.
Motivate donors by setting a goal (a dollar amount, a can for every kid in the school, one million pennies, your group’s weight in food, etc.).
Display posters in high-traffic areas.
Publicize the drive in your bulletins, publications and email.
Raise awareness of the problem of hunger. When people understand the importance of food drives, they are more motivated to contribute. Invite a speaker from Fondy Food Pantry make a presentation. Arrange for your group to tour the pantry.
Let us know if there is any outside media or publicity expected at your event. Please check with us before sending any press releases. Contact the Pantry directly.
Have a strategy to collect money from those that would rather donate in cash funds. Encourage people to write checks and let them know where they can mail checks to. If you do collect cash, record their name and address so acknowledgments can be sent out by Fondy Food Pantry.
Have a kick-off event and make the admission price a certain number of food items.
Challenge other departments, faith communities or classrooms to see who can raise the most food or dollars. Build momentum with daily progress updates.
Celebrate success! Have a post-drive party to congratulate yourselves on a job well done.
Planning theme days keeps your drive interesting and assures that you receive a variety of foods. (Mac & Cheese Mondays, Tuna Tuesdays, Breakfast Fridays.)
Kid Packs: May contain macaroni and cheese, chicken noodle soup, SpaghettiOs, instant oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, pudding packs, applesauce, cereal bars, juice boxes, crackers and fruit cup packs.
Winter’s Coming! Drive: Donate items like canned stew and chili, dried pasta and spaghetti sauces.
Hot Dish Drive: Donate ingredients needed to make a hot dish: canned tuna or chicken, Hamburger Helper, creamed soups, canned veggies.
Meal In A Bag:
Canned tuna, Tuna Helper, canned peas and canned peaches.
Spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, canned green beans and Jell-O.
Pancake mix, syrup and canned fruit.
Soup, crackers, peanut butter, jelly and cookies.
Boxed cereal, powdered milk, apple juice, canned fruit.