Hosting a food drive for your school, organization, neighborhood, church, club, event, and/or corporation is easy with the help of our food drive toolkit! It’s great way to engage your community and provide much needed help for the hungry children, seniors and families of Ventura County. Whether it is big or small, we encourage you to get started! FOOD Share can provide you with collection barrels and assistance in getting started.
HOW TO ORGANIZE A FOOD DRIVE:
Successful food drives require enthusiastic leaders. Get people involved early to develop creative ideas, raise awareness, and increase participation levels. Follow these steps to ensure your food drive is a stunning success!
PUT TOGETHER A TEAM:
Set up a committee of team leaders with representatives from every level of your organization to coordinate the drive. Working as a team is important to keep things efficient and organized.
Start and end dates, your method of collection, and whether you will be picking up barrels and dropping off food drive donations yourself, or whether you will need us to deliver barrels and pick up food donations from your address.
Setting a goal is a great way to encourage teamwork and provide contributors with a sense of accomplishment. Make goals realistic and easy to understand. For example, you could set a goal to collect 200 lbs of food (1 can of food is approximately 1 lb.).
Make it a creative and fun food drive: incorporate competitions and themes, decorate boxes/food barrels and place them in strategic locations where they are in public view, and use fliers to advertise your event.
Click here for a flyer.
MAKE IT FUN:
Use incentives to encourage participation. Start an internal competition between departments, classes, or coworkers, to see who can raise the most donations, and/or reward participants with prizes for their contributions. For example, reward a winning team with a pizza party.
SHARE YOUR SUCCESS:
Maintain momentum by keeping participants updated about the food drive. Send out emails announcing the food drive, post progress charts, and keep participants informed with regular competition updates. Bask in the success of your food drive! Your donations will provide food to our friends and families in need.
BECOME AN ADVOCATE:
Build awareness! Use this food drive as an opportunity to spread the word about hunger in Ventura County. Share and distribute the Hunger Fact Sheet 2012 and send out links to our website www.foodshare.com so that others can learn more.
BECOME A DONOR:
Encourage financial contributions. Participants are welcome to donate money in lieu of food. Remember, for every $1 donated, FOOD Share can purchase $5.00 worth of nutritious food for our friends in need!
Take the time to thank everyone who participated. Give prizes to top teams, and send thank you notes to all participants. Publicize your success by letting the community know the total amount of food you collected and how many meals your food drive will provide.
Thank you for helping us feed the hungry in Ventura County. Click here for a list of foods needed during your food drive.
Want to find out more? Contact FOOD Share’s dedicated Food Sourcing Director, Karen Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.