Easy Tips For A Successful Food Drive

BHFooDrive2Great! You’ve decided to help fight hunger in your community and are holding a food drive. Don’t panic! If you are working with us, we’ll help guide you through the process every step of the way. (If you aren’t working with us yet, go here!) Check out these easy tips for making your food drive a success:


Location is everything. Consider who will be donating and select a location where your food drive will be most visible. Good options include grocery stores, gyms, libraries, schools, and offices.

Pick a Theme.  Let’s face it: we all love themes. One way to get people excited about your food drive is to ask for items related to a specific idea or topic such as breakfast foods, school lunches, or taco night. At a loss? We are here to help. Here is a list of 10 themed food drive examples to help you reach your food collection goal

Make it a Competition. Come up with an incentive or a prize to build energy and excitement about your food drive. Holding a food drive a school? Give the class who collects the most food a pizza party. Holding a food drive at work? If the team collects 250 items, have a special bagel breakfast on Friday. Other ideas include discount coupons for donors or a raffle entry. Be creative!

Don’t do it alone. You don’t want to hold a food drive by yourself: recruit anyone and everyone to help you out. Ask friends and family to help spread the word about your food drive. Maybe they can collect additional food for your food drive at work or school.

Think BIG! 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 passed the expiration date; most of the time the food is still good for months after that day!

Spread the word. Hang posters and fliers around town to let everyone know when/where to drop off food. If you are working with us on your food drive, we will create the fliers for you and will contact your local newspaper, radio and TV stations to let them know about the event. Be sure to tell your friends and ask them to tell their friends, who should tell their friends! If you all use a networking site, such as Facebook, this can be even easier. The more people that know about it, the more donations you’ll get.

End your food drive the “right” way. Officially end the food drive by thanking everyone who donated and letting them know how much food you collected. A photo is a great way to illustrate how much food you collected. Make sure to get a friend to take a photo of you with all of your donations! Post your photo on Facebook or send it around in an email to thank everyone for their help. If you are working with Move For Hunger, be sure to send over the photo so that it can be included in the post-event blog post on our website.

Want more tips and information? Get More Information on running a Food Drive on our “How To Start a Food Drive” page.