Thanks for your interest in supporting the Facing Hunger with a food drive! Organizations, businesses, and even individuals can host a food drive to benefit Facing Hunger. Here are a few tips to help make it a success:
To organize a food drive, call the foodbank (304-523-6029) and ask to speak the Development Department. We can put your food drive on our event calendar, give tips for what has been successful in the past, and help with food pickup if we have donation barrels available.
Pick some real "go-getters" to organize and head the drive. Food drives are most successful if a leader oversees the event and can motivate others. The leader should also be responsible for communicating with the foodbank.
There is no right length of time for a food drive, as long as your participants have time to bring in their donations. Food drives are usually two to three weeks long. Whatever the length, your drive must have clear start and end dates. It is also good practice to wait a few days after your end date before giving everything to the foodbank; most drives get late donations.
Choose a realistic goal (poundage or dollar amount) to give volunteers an idea of how much you are striving for. Click here for a list of most needed items. Creating a big thermometer or poster that shows progress toward the goal each day is motivating, and especially effective for children.
To help your group get excited about the Food Drive, invite a member of the foodbank staff to come and speak about the work we do. We can come to you and explain how the foodbank works and where your donations go, or we can schedule a time for your group to tour our warehouse or volunteer.
Create flyers, posters, emails or memos to let everyone know about your food drive. Talk to the media about doing a news story in the community section. Posting information in businesses, libraries, post offices, and grocery stores will let the community know where to drop off food donations for your drive.
Make your food drive fun! Click here for a list of some creative suggestions from successful drives in the past. There are many others of course, so be sure to tell the foodbank about your creativity.
When your Food Drive is finished, bring everything down to the foodbank warehouse where we can weigh your donation for a final total and provide you with a receipt. If you have collected over 300 lbs. and need your donation to be picked up, call the foodbank at (304) 523-6029.