Hosting a food drive is one of the most important and tangible ways for you to have an impact on getting food to those who need it. Individuals, groups and organizations of all sizes have hosted successful food drives.
A food drive is an organized effort to collect non-perishable food in a set time frame. Participants are asked to donate items, bring these items to a central location where they are collected and taken to a food bank for distribution to the needy. It takes around 4 pounds of food to provide 3 meals.
Gleaners hosts over 1500 food drives each year, collecting 2 million pounds of food, and providing 1.5 million meals. We can help you plan your drive, set a goal, provide supplies and ideas for making your drive a success, and give you feedback on how many pounds were collected and how many meals your donation will provide.
Gleaners has many resources to help you with your food drive. We can provide:
Generic Food Drive Kit (pdf)
Business Food Drive Kit (pdf)
Elementary School Food Drive Kit (pdf)
Middle and High School Food Drive Kit (pdf)
Suggested Food Items (pdf)
Donate Food that is High in Protein (pdf)
Smart Bites Healthy Food Collection (pdf)
To get started on your food drive register here. One of our Food and Fund Drive Coordinators will be in touch with you to help you with your drive.
Every food drive is important and provides much needed food for our hungry neighbors, no matter what the size. To maximize our limited resources we ask that whenever possible, you deliver your food donations to one of our 5 warehouses. If you are considering hosting a food drive for Gleaners, please take a moment to look over our food drive pick-up policy. Click here to download.
Anyone can host a Food & Fund Drive. Each drive can be custom-made to fit your organization’s abilities, whether you’re a large corporation, school, small church group or private family.
Did you take photographs during your last food drive for Gleaners? We would love for you to share them with us on Flickr!
Are you planning an event to help in the fight against hunger? Tell us about it and we will post it on our website!
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