how to run a successful food drive
- Selecting dates
First, decide on dates for your food drive. Food drives can run as little as two hours or for up to two months. The average drive is usually about 2 to 3 weeks.
- Choosing your locations
If you have multiple locations, you may want to recruit someone at each of those sites to help you manage donations. Select high-traffic areas where the barrels and signage will be noticeable and convenient for donor. Be sure to consider safety and security issues when choosing your locations. Make sure to get permission and support from who you need to - i.e. employee management, school officials, building and apartment staff etc.
- Setting a goal
Setting a goal is a good way to motivate your donors and it provides a sense of accomplishment at the end of your drive. Common goals can be set around the number of pound per person donated, number of barrels or boxes collected, the number of most wanted items delivered.
- Scheduling delivery and pick-up
Once you have planned your drive, you should contact HSI to arrange for delivery of barrels, donation envelopes, and other supplies you may need to conduct your drive. If you have your own boxes or containers we will send promotional material to affix to them.
Be creative and have fun with it!
MOST NEEDED FOODS
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Meals in a can
Canned Foods with pop-top lids
WHAT WE CANT USE
rusty or unlabeled cans
any expired foods
noncommercial canned items
glass containerized items unless kept separately