Food/Fund drives are a great to engage your community in the fight against hunger! They are very easy to organize and can be very successful!
If you'd like to hold food drive, fund drive or special event to benefit the Vermont Foodbank, please complete the Event Proposal Form. If you have questions or problems accessing the Form, contact our Marketing and Promotions Manager, Cathie Pelchat, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-477-4109.
7 Steps for Holding a Successful Food Drive
1) Set a time and date for your food drive. Food drives can be one day only, a week-long , a month-long—whatever you choose! Make sure to let donors know exactly when they can donate. For example, “Food Drive happening February 20th-24th, between the hours of 8AM-4PM each day.”
2) Determine a drop-off site. You’ll want to make sure donors know where to bring the product. For example, “Drop off items in Tina’s office!”
3) Promote the food drive. This could include sending emails, hanging fliers, posting it on your website, etc. During this promotion it is also important to let people know what kinds of food to donate (please see the Great Food Drive Items document for examples).
4) Set up donation boxes at drop-off site. You’ll want to have plenty of boxes setup with a sign on each to let people know who the food drive is benefiting. Check on these boxes often to see if you need more. When a box is full, put it in a safe place until the food drive is over.
5) Call your beneficiaries to arrange a drop-off. Call your local food shelf or meal site to inform them that you have collected food on their behalf, and ask when you can drop off the items. Since many food shelves are managed by volunteers, the shelf may have short hours of operation and may not be open every day (for example, from Noon-2PM, Monday, Wed, and Thurs.).
6) Drop off your items and get them weighed. When you drop off the product, most organizations are able to tell you how many pounds you “raised.” You may also be able to pick up a tax deduction form at this time.
7) Share the results! Let your donors know that the food drive was a success. Send a letter to the editor or post a note at the site of the food drive.This will make donors feel like their donation made a difference, and they will be more likely to donate again in the future.
Signs and Logos
Below you will find a food drive signage and the Vermont Foodbank logo. You are encouraged to use these for your food drive.
Food Drive Signage
Vermont Foodbank Logo
The following items are excellent, non-perishable choices for food drives:
- Canned Meat- Beef, Pork, Chicken, etc.
- Canned Fish- Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, etc.
- Canned Vegetables- All Varieties
- Canned Fruit- All Varieties
- Canned Soups and Chili
- Cereal- All Varieties
- Peanut Butter
- Boxed Meals- Macaroni and Cheese, Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc.
- Pasta & Spaghetti Sauce- All Varieties
- Laundry detergent
- Toilet paper
- Diapers-All Sizes
- Pet food - All Varieties
These are items to avoid:
- Beverages & Snacks
- Baby Food- For safety concerns, we are prohibited from distributing donated baby food
- All perishable food items and food that needs to be refrigerated or frozen