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    1 in 8 Americans are food insecure. Your efforts will bring help to the less fortunate in your community.

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    Food Drives 101

    Thank you for deciding to hold a food drive to fight hunger in your community! Now it’s time to get started. Don’t panic! Move For Hunger organizes hundreds of food drives every year, and we’ll be here to help you every step of the way. There are, however, a few basic things you need to consider to make sure that your food drive is a success.

    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.

    Pick A Theme

    One way to get people excited about your food drive is to ask for items related to a specific theme, like breakfast foods, school lunches, or taco night. Need more ideas? We’ve got plenty. Here is a list of 10 themed food drive examples that will help you reach your collection goal.

    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.

    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 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.

    Our Favorite Food Drives

    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.

    Doubting yourself?

    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.

    More of Our Favorite Stories

    About Hunger / Your Impact

    More 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 than

    8,000,000
    pounds

    of food to food banks across United States & Canada.

    These food donations account for more than

    6,666,667
    meals

    for people in need.