How to Organize a Successful Food Drive

Food drives typically involve an organization such as a school, business, or church group, collecting much needed food for local area food banks. The process of holding a food drive is relatively straight-forward. You find out what food items the food bank is in need of, and you ask people to donate the food.

Depending on the organization hosting the fundraiser, food can be dropped off at schools, stores, banks, various businesses, or a special roadside drop off area with promotional signage. Some groups and clubs also hold virtual food drive where funds are collected online through the food bank’s website. Many food banks prefer the online funding approach since they can often purchase food for lower than what you would pay at a grocery store.

What kind of food can you collect for donation? Food banks generally only accept nonperishable dry and canned food donations which hasn’t reached the “sell-by” date yet. 

If you do plan to donate the food you collect to your local food bank, be sure to contact them in advance, as they may have certain rules with which you will need to follow. You will also need to ask them if they will pick up the food, or if you have to deliver it yourself.

For more details on how to organize a food drive, visit the Feeding America website.

Rather than boring you with our take on this traditional charitable giving activity, we thought we would provide you with some fun examples of successful food drive efforts that recently took place across the Country.

Fun Food Drive Examples

Lincoln students deliver 1,686 pounds of food to Glen-Ed pantry

Following fourth-grade food drive, Whately Elementary hosts mini Monte’s March

Fremont food drive and fundraiser brings in more than $3,400 for food pantry

Second annual Operation Christmas Food Drive provides holiday meal for 255 families

Fremont Middle School students help donate over 10,000 pounds worth of food to UCAN