Plan a Food Drive

1. Identify Participants
  • Who will help collect/donate?  Offer Incentives: Some organizations or businesses do dress down days or pizza parties when goals are reached. (500lbs, 1000lbs etc.)
  • Who will be the recipient?  We partner with twenty-seven providers throughout the county. Browse the list of providers on our website and select one, or circle “greatest need” below and we will make sure it goes to the provider with the greatest need.

 

2. Advertise this list of preferred foods:
  • Fruit Juice (100%)
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Chicken
  • Soup
  • Applesauce (no sugar added)
  • Canned Fruit (no sugar added)
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium)
  • Canned Tuna
  • Beans (dried or canned)
  • Canned Salmon
  • Canned Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Pasta

 

3. Set up a Timeline
  • Choose a period of when to acquire foods and advertise this to your group

 

4. Collect the food and brag about your success!
  • Weigh the food (a household scale will do. This info is recorded elsewhere)
  • Get a photo of all who helped out next to the donation!

 

*Tips for a FUN and successful food collection:
  • Choose a catchy name or theme for your food drive.
  • Distribute posters, flyers or send an e-mail outlining the need and ways of participating.  Include the list of most needed items
  • Submit an announcement of the food drive to your local newspaper or your organization’s newsletter. 
  • Set a goal for how much food and how many dollars you want to collect, track the progress, and announce final results.
  • Create a display board to show hunger statistics, track progress, etc.
  • Create challenges between departments, classes, etc.  For instance, a winning department could get a free pizza party.
  • Offer incentives such as gift certificates, casual dress days or a special parking spot for the top contributor.
  • Host a house party or dinner event, and require that all guests bring items for your food drive in exchange for admission.
  • October through December is the food banks’ busiest time for food drives. Consider holding a food drive during another part of the year.
  • Remember to celebrate the success of your food drive. This will make it fun, and will encourage even more folks to participate in future food collection efforts.
  • Use social media - create a Facebook food drive event!

 

    For more information, please contact our Food Program Manager, Heather Foor, at  HFoor@bcoc.org or 215-345-8175 x213.