On your front porch or in your neighborhood
WHENThroughout the year
WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED
Adult help needed to deliver food and ensure proper/safe handling of donations
HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
1 in 7 Americans is food insecure. Individuals and families can often find themselves in need of extra food support during times of struggle, such an unforeseen crisis or an economic downturn. When that happens, local food banks have increased demand. By helping to organize a drive for food products, you can help support food banks providing support to many local families.
During a crisis or economic downturn, more families find themselves in need of food support to make sure they receive the nutrition they need every day. That doesn't always mean that food banks have more food to give away, however. That's where you come in. Host a food drive in your neighborhood that can benefit your local food bank and lots of families in your own backyard that may need a little help at a hard time.
- A promotional plan (email, flyer, etc.) to let people know about your drive
- A large box or bin to collect the food
- Transportation to drop off the items after collection
*If collecting during the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to also have gloves and other sanitizing products on hand to disinfect donations and/or otherwise protect yourself, as necessary.
Decide when/what you want to collect in your drive, and check out Feeding America to find the closest food bank where you can donate what is collected.
- Decide what kind of nonperishable items you would like to collect and set a timeframe for when to do your drive. Needed items often include: canned protein items like canned tuna and chicken in water, canned and dry beans, and peanut butter, as well as canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, stews, sauces, rice, pasta, oatmeal packets, cereal, granola, juice and shelf-stable milk.
- Decorate a large box for collecting items and put it in a safe place on your porch or other location. (If collecting during the COVID-19 pandemic, keep all boxes/items outside so you can safely handle when ready to do so.)
- Advertise! Send emails or texts to neighbors and friends letting them know they can drop items in your special box during your collection window.
- Keep your community updated on your progress throughout the drive. Maybe even set a goal and let them know how they can help you meet it!
- Once finished, make a delivery plan to get the donations to a food bank near you. Check out Feeding America for a national listing of local food banks.
*If collecting during the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to deliver donations after any necessary shelter-in-place orders have been lifted and be sure to check with the food bank to see how COVID-19 may be impacting their drop-off policies.