Host a Food or Fund Drive

Host a food and/or fund drive at your place of business, school, church or with other groups. It's easy and anyone can participate by simply bringing in nonperishable food items. Food drives provide our partner agencies with a variety of greatly needed food items that go directly on their shelves to feed others. Every 4 pounds of donated food can provide 3 meals to a hungry neighbor!

What are fund drives?

  • You can host a fund drive by asking your friends, family, and co-workers to join in your effort to raise money for Gleaners to purchase food for our partner agencies.
  • Gleaners can leverage our industry relationships and bulk purchasing power to stretch every penny and buy more food per dollar than at your local grocery or warehouse stores. With every $1 donated, Gleaners can purchase 3 meals.
  • In addition, Gleaners often hosts matching campaigns when our generous sponsors agree to match dollar-for-dollar all money donated during that period. That means for every $1 you give, you will provide 6 meals for those in need.
  • You can help raise money the traditional way by collecting cash or check donations, or online with a Virtual Food Drive.
  • Gleaners uses 93 cents of every dollar on food distribution and food programs. All donations are tax deductible.

Gleaners provides the following tools and resources:

  • A food drive coordinator to help you every step of the way.
  • Boxes, posters, stickers, and other supplies to aid in your collection efforts.
  • Gleaners will pick up your nonperishable food donation over 250 pounds.
  • Five warehouse locations are available for you to pick up supplies or drop off your donations when you’re done.

Download Food Drive Manuals

We suggest you review one of our Food Drive Manuals for tips on planning your drive, look at the supplies we can provide, and creative ideas for making your drive a success.