Thanks for your interest in running a Food & Fund Drive! It’s a great way to get your office, group, school or congregation involved in giving back to the community.
It’s easy! Click here to register now.
Once your registration is approved, you’ll receive an email with a URL link to your customized donation webpage so that you can track your progress online. You’ll also receive a separate email to confirm your barrel delivery and pickup details. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-282-1900 x350.
Because of the increased need due to COVID-19, we have significantly ramped up our food distribution and as a result, we have limited driver availability. For the foreseeable future, we have suspended the traditional manner in which we have operated food drives in the past. Specifically, we are currently not delivering food donation barrels or scheduling drivers to pick-up the barrels and food.
However, there are other options for a food drive.
We are holding a community donation drop-off day on Sunday, November 15 at our warehouses in San Rafael and San Francisco. This would be an opportunity for your community to take their donation directly to our facilities. We are finalizing the details of that event and I can forward that information once it is confirmed so you can share.
You are also welcome to pick-up barrels and bring the barrels and donated food back to the warehouse. Or, you can hold a food drive without barrels and bring the food to the warehouse in boxes and bags.
We appreciate your support and flexibility as we navigate these challenging times.
Yes! We are happy to accept drop-off donations at both our San Francisco and Marin locations. Our San Francisco warehouse at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue is open for food donation drop-offs Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Our Marin warehouse at 2550 Kerner Boulevard in San Rafael (no longer in Novato) is open for food donation drop-offs Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm. We also have drop-off locations throughout San Francisco and Marin for your convenience, check here.
Our most needed items are:
Tuna, canned meat
Canned fruit and vegetables
Whole grain rice, pasta & oats
No glass containers or perishable items, please!
Some general guidelines:
Only donate items that you would eat.
Make sure items are still within their “Use before” date.
No 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.
Please do not donate pet food. We recommend donating those items to your local animal shelter.
The Food Bank can provide all of the basic materials needed for a drive including a customized fundraising page, food barrels and posters with a list of most-needed food items. Check out our fundraising toolkit for inspiration to rally your friends or colleagues.
Because we can leverage our bulk purchasing power to supplement food donations from manufacturers and farms, we’re able to distribute $5 of food for every $1 donated. And, 96% of all donated resources directly support our programs.
Food donations are sorted and boxed by our volunteers and then distributed to our 450 community partners who use it to prepare meals for those in need or to supplement the larger deliveries they receive from us. All food donated goes directly into the community.
You bet! To assure that all donations are counted toward your team goal, please provide your team’s URL to family, friends, and colleagues so they can donate via credit card online.
If paying by check, please make checks payable to the SF-Marin Food Bank, and be sure to include your company or team name. Please send all donations via FedEx, mail, or messenger to:
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Attn: Food and Fund Drives
900 Pennsylvania Ave
San Francisco, CA 94107
The best way to find out how well your drive is doing is by viewing your personalized team page. All donations made through clicking the “donate now” button on your team page will be reflected on your meter within 30 minutes. Cash and check donations marked for your team take 5-7 business days upon receipt to be processed and reflected on your online team page. Food totals are updated once each week.
Individuals who donate online will receive an automated receipt via email. People who send monetary donations to the Food Bank of $5 or more will receive a receipt by mail.
Many corporations have a matching gift program. Please consult your Human Resources department to see if your company matches charitable contributions. When making a contribution that your company will match, be sure to enclose the paperwork required by your company with your gift. For more information on Workplace Giving with the Food Bank, click here.
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