Food Drives are collection efforts that gather supplies rather than money from a number of different people. All have an organizer, which can be an individual or a club (like a scout troop), and they collect from either the general public or from a specific group (like a church congregation). Food drives help us collect donations to keep our shelves stocked, and are also a great way to raise awareness about hunger in your community and encourage others to help. Hunger affects every community, but many people don’t realize it.
There are several steps to having a successful Food Drive.
Contact the Food Bank Network first
We can help you choose the best timing, offer advice and suggestions, and identify the items most needed at the time. You should also have permission from us to ask for donations in our name.
Food drives help food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens collect food donations to keep their shelves stocked. Food drives are also a great way to raise awareness about hunger in your community and encourage others to help. Hunger affects every community, but many people don’t realize it.
A virtual food drive is a great option if you cannot collect donations in person or are unable to deliver donations to your local food bank. Instead you could direct donors to The Food Bank Network of Somerset County website donations page (www.somersetfoodbank.org/give funds) so they can make a donation.