Welcome to Our Food Drives FAQ

Everything you need to know about a Gleaners Community Food Bank Food Drive!

Visit our Food Drive Tool Kit for detailed instructions, helpful suggestions and information about Gleaners.

Food Drive vs Fund Drive?

Donations of any kind make a tremendous impact for our hungry neighbors. While Food Drives offer vital support through donated shelf-stable goods, Fund Drives help Gleaners put each gift to use where it is needed most

Monetary donations allow Gleaners to use our purchasing power to acquire our most needed items at deeply reduced rates. Delivering nutritious food to our neighbors also requires equipment and transportation. Nearly 45% of Gleaners food distribution is fresh produce and dairy, and we need your help to keep our freezers and trucks running. With 92 cents of every dollar going to work for our programs and services, your gift provides direct relief to children, families and seniors.  

Hosting a Virtual Food Drive is also an efficient way to donate, allowing your audience to quickly and easily donate online. Learn more.

How long should my Food/Fund Drive be?

There is no limit on how long you can host a Food/Fund Drive. We suggest two to three weeks to help maintain excitement and momentum while keeping your audience engaged. 

Can I drop off donations at any Gleaners Distribution Center?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gleaners safety protocols and procedures require scheduling any in-person donation at our distribution centers. Please contact a member of our Food Drives Team for more information on dropping off or picking up donations.

Can you pick up my donations today?

All pick-ups are scheduled in advance.  For more information please contact our Food Drives Team

How do I determine what my donation goal should be?

Setting a goal is a great way to motivate donors and keep track on your progress. Your goal can be based on the size of your organization and how long you will be hosting your drive.

Can a company or organization of any size host a Food or Fund Drive?

Food & Fund Drives are hosted by organizations of all sizes. Hosting a drive is an engaging and community-centric opportunity for your audience to give back.

Virtual Food Drives offers an easy and more accessible way to raise more support by engaging a wider audience. With no boxes or collection of cans, individuals can donate food from anywhere through an online shopping experience. Visit our Virtual Food Drives page to see it in action.

What supplies can Gleaners provide?

A Gleaners’ Food Drive Coordinator will help every step of the way, including help with promotional materials and messaging. Please see our Food Drives Tool Kit for more information or contact a member of our Food Drives Team.

Let's get started! Click one of the buttons below to sign up, or get more information on virtual food drives and standard food drives.