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8 Steps for Hosting a Successful Food Drive
Food banks rely heavily on donations, and hosting a food drive is an easy way to restock their shelves and help families struggling to put food on their tables. With these simple steps, you can make a huge impact in your community.
1. Pick a date.Decide when you would like to host your food drive. It can be one day, or it can span across multiple dates or even weeks. Start small if this is your first time hosting or if you are planning on your own.
2. Choose a location.A convenient location makes all the difference. Many people host out of their own garages, but the best option is a heavily trafficked area such as a local grocery store. People can even go right in and buy food to donate. Contact the grocery store beforehand to ask for permission.
3. Build a team of volunteers.Utilize your own network of friends and family to enlist help planning and executing your food drive. Plan out two-hour staff shifts for the day of the drive and have at least two people covering each shift. Make sure you also have help with setup and take-down. Hold a meeting a couple weeks before the event to give volunteers a rundown of how the day will go.
4. Gather supplies.You will need boxes and bins for collecting and sorting the food, name tags and markers for labeling, at least three tables with chairs and some refreshments for the volunteers. Contact a local food pantry to see if they have any extra bins you can borrow.
5. Set a goal.How much food do you want to collect? Do you have a money goal, as well? Helping the hungry is already strong motivation, but creating tangible goals will push you and your team even further.
6. Spread the word.Put posters throughout your neighborhood, pass out flyers at schools and shopping areas, make Facebook statuses and create banners and signs to hang up the day of the event. Word of mouth goes a long way. Encourage others to spread the word within their own circles, whether it's at church, school or work.
7. Arrange food pick-up or drop-off.Figure out what you are going to do with the filled crates once the drive is over. Many local food pantries will come pick up the food for you. Call two weeks in advance, inform them of your drive and arrange a pickup time. The night before, call again to confirm.
8. Have fun and reflect.The day of the event might get hectic, but remember to take a step back and think about the good you are doing. Your team's efforts will directly help feed hungry families. Thank your volunteers before they leave, and know that together you took a giant step toward fighting hunger in your community.
In addition to giving canned goods to food banks, consider a monetary donation to help the 49 million Americans who worry about getting enough to eat. Feeding America, a hunger relief charity, needs funds to provide meals to 60,000 soup kitchens and pantries. When you give (which only buys a few cans at the store), you'll help supply 100 meals to hungry families.
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