Run a Food Drive
Tips for Success
- Promote your Food and Fund Drive*
- Dress the office or halls with fliers or posters, use office email, send memos, announce it at meetings. Use church and community bulletins, neighborhood grocery store bulletin boards, school announcements and newsletters.
- Collection sites should be easy to find
- Central locations usually work best, such as reception areas, break rooms, or meeting rooms. Be sure the area, the boxes or barrels are visibly marked.
- Ask your organization to make a matching grant or challenge grant
- For example, an organization could donate $1 for every pound of food donated by the participants.
- Competition works
- Set up competition between departments or groups, and then announce those individuals or groups that made the highest contributions, publish them on your website or newsletter.
- Make it part of a larger event
- For example, include a food drive during a holiday party. The FoodBank can send a speaker to come out and share information about our programs and hunger issues in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. You can also ask colleagues to skip lunch and donate the money they would have spent on food. This will also give them perspective on how hunger impacts daily activities.
- Involve the Media*
- For larger food drives, you can fax a press release to local papers or radio stations.
*Please be sure to send or fax a copy of any print materials you wish to use which include the FoodBank’s name, before you distribute it, to make sure alls details are correct.