One of the ways to combat hunger in our community is organizing a food drive. Food drives are a great way to stock the shelves at the local food banks and provide every Hamiltonian the opportunity to contribute in the fight against hunger. Encourage neighbours, friends, coworkers, church members, and fellow students to join in!
How to Organize a Successful Food Drive
GETTING STARTED. It has been our experience that successful food drives all have the same things in common. The greatest success stories started with establishing a small committee to plan and coordinate the food drive. There are many aspects to consider for a successful food drive. You may need to recruit volunteers to help with:
- Volunteer Recruitment
- Food Collection
- Announce results
Develop a plan for carrying out the food drive.
- Select a contact person (or chairperson) from your committee
- Set a goal of how many pounds of food you hope to raise
- Set a date and determine the duration of the drive. You may want to hold a food drive that may only last for a few hours because it is centered around an already existing event or you can determine the food drive is the event and set out to hold it over a short period of time such as few days or a week. Indicate the start dates and end dates of your food drive.
The most successful food drives are ones where committee members have utilized every opportunity to advertise their food drive. Examples are:
- Develop a one-page flier or poster describing the food drive event. Put the fliers at highly visible locations. Ensure the date(s) and contact person information is on the flyer. Use other information formats as:
- news letters
- social media
- list the most needed items (located to the right of this page) in all of your communications
There are many “hands on” tasks throughout a food drive such as setting up the collection sites, collecting all the food for the various sites to one collection point and at the end of the drive packing the food and transporting it to Hamilton Food Share. We would love to meet you so bring your collected food down to Hamilton Food Share and meet our warehouse staff. Much too often we have only a telephone voice or an email to identify you and it would be our great pleasure to meet wonderful community minded people who worked so hard for us. It gives us a chance to congratulate you and thank you in person but if that is not possible please contact us at the number below for further assistance.
- Supplies: You will need containers or boxes for your collection sites. Decorate them, make them personalized or add a small Hamilton Food Share sign so the donors know where the food is being donated. We can supply these signs or send you an email with an attachment you can print off.
- We can also supply smaller boxes that the food would need to be packed in so the boxes are uniform and can be stacked safely for transportation. You would need to pick these boxes up prior to your food drive. We can also supply tape guns to assist you in this process. Make sure delivery date or pick up date is confirmed.
Announce your results:
- Let your donors know how much their support contributed to the successes of your food drive.
- Hamilton Food Share will weigh your donation and send a letter of acknowledgment with the total amount of pounds raised thanking your group for supporting us in the fight against hunger.