Food Drives 101
Location Is Everything
Don’t hold the event in the middle of nowhere; go where the people are. Grocery stores, gyms, libraries, schools, and offices are all great food drive locations.
Make It A Competition
Offering an incentive or a prize to donors can help create energy and excitement about your food drive. Holding a food drive at a school? Reward the class who collects the most with a pizza party. Holding a food drive at work? Set a goal and promise the staff a free bagel breakfast if they reach it. Discount coupons, entries to a raffle, and admission to an event are other ways to persuade potential donors.
Don't Do It Alone
Let’s face it: everything is easier with a little help. Ask family members, friends, colleagues, and classmates to help spread the word and to lend a hand on the day of the event.
Stop by your local grocery store or convenience store and let them know that you are collecting food for the local food bank. Do they have any non-perishable items that they could donate? It’s ok if the food is past the expiration date; most of the time the food is still good and will be accepted by food banks.
End Your Food Drive The Right Way
Officially end the food drive by thanking everyone who donated and sharing the results. Photos are a great way to show everyone how much food you collected, so make sure you take a picture with all of your donations! Post the photo on social media, or send it around in an email to thank everyone for their help. Be sure to send us the photo, too, so that we can include it in the blog post we’re going to write about your event!
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Promote Your Drive
An effective marketing strategy is critical to the success of your food drive. So, once we have all the details worked out, it’s time to start promoting your event.Move For Hunger will create flyers that you can hang up in your community, school, place of work, or wherever your event is taking place. Not sure what kind of donations to ask for? Here’s a list of the items that food banks need the most.Social media is an excellent way to get the word out. Our Graphics team will create images that you can share with your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also have dozens of shareable infographics in our Visualize Hunger library that you can use to raise awareness food insecurity in the United States.It’s also important to utilize the power of the press. Our Communications team will distribute a media alert to your local newspapers, television, and radio stations and invite them to cover the event.
Food Drive Hall of Fame
We get it: planning a food drive can seem intimidating at first. But if you're looking for inspiration you've come to the right place.
Read the story about Helga Drabin, a senior citizen from Florida, who holds a food drive on her birthday every year. In 2016, Helga turned 90 years old and collected 1,200 lbs. of food.
Don’t think holding a food drive will actually make a difference?
Tell that to the kids at Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma. Their annual food drive helps supply the local food pantry with enough non-perishables to last through the summer.
Not sure where you’ll find the time?
You can hold a food drive just about anywhere. Case in point: a group of friends turned their weekly poker game into something so much more.
Anyone can host a food drive. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, if you live in a big city or a small town. And we have the stories to prove it.
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About Hunger / Your ImpactMore than 42 million Americans, including 1 in 6 children, struggle with food insecurity each day. Hunger exists in every state, county, and congressional district in the United States. Food banks across the United States and Canada rely on the donations they receive from food drives to help keep their shelves stocked. Food drives are also a great way to raise awareness about hunger and can inspire others to take action.
Move For Hunger has collected nearly 9 million pounds of food thanks, in large part, to ordinary people like you who recognized the urgency of the problem and decided to take action. We need your support to continue providing meals for our neighbors in need. Let’s start planning your food drive today!
We have delivered more than8,000,000pounds
of food to food banks across United States & Canada.
These food donations account for more than6,666,667meals
for people in need.