Food Drives 101
Most Needed Food Items
- Only donate items that you would eat.
- Check that items are still within their “Use before” date.
- Avoid glass items, which can break.
- Avoid perishable items like dairy, meat, chicken, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- We can only accept unopened items. We can accept opened packages if the internal packaging is still intact.
Scheduling Your Barrels by Zip Code
In order to maximize our limited resources, the Food Bank schedules barrel deliveries, pickups and swaps by zip code Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Look-up your zip code here.
Tips for a Successful Drive:
Make it fun!
The most successful campaigns are the ones that include team building, 100% participation and FUN! Be creative and use your support of the Food Bank to bring your entire office, team, class, or group together in support of the community. If your office is hosting a food drive, ask your management or team leaders to step up and lead the charge to set a good example for everyone involved.
Spread the word.
A successful food and fund drive can go beyond the confines of your office or team. Ask co-workers to spread the word to their own communities through email and social media. When you register for your drive, you'll be given a link to your team’s page that you can easily distribute. Don’t forget to let everyone know why YOU support the Food Bank.
Hold a bake sale.
Bake sales are a great way to raise money while people enjoy delicious, home-cooked foods.
Organize a silent auction or raffle.
See if your company, co-workers or friends are able to donate prizes that can be used to solicit donations for the Food Bank. Some companies have offered a half or full day off, a priority parking space for a week or other office perks.
Ask your company to match your gifts.
Find out if your company offers a matching gifts program, or if they would be willing to match all donations collected by employees. It’s a great way to motivate everyone and double your contributions.
Make it competitive!
Create a competition to raise the most food and funds among offices, departments or classes. Offices have offered prizes like free lunch, preferred parking or happy hours to winning teams. School groups’ prizes have included additional recess time, pizza parties or ice cream socials.
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