How to Host a Food Drive: A Step-by-Step Guide
Hosting a food drive is a great way to give back to your community and help those in need. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you organize a successful food drive.
Step 1: You need to decide what population you want to serve, single moms, low-income neighborhoods, the elderly, assist a local rehab, orphanage, or foster care home; it’s limitless. What people group are you called to serve?
Step 2: Where will you get the food products to distribute?
We have listed a few ideas to get you thinking:
- Connect with local schools, public and private
- Church groups
- Daycare centers
- Businesses, etc
Ask them to join your efforts by collecting canned goods, personal hygiene items, baby items, or whatever you want to provide.
Step 3: Locate an adequate venue; ask owners to donate space and in return advertise their business on flyers and banners.
Note: keep in mind traffic flow before you close the deal!
Step 4: Sign up volunteers to help at the event! The more, the merrier!
Below is a list of volunteer positions you might want to fill:
- Solicitors for donations-set a standard of what you’re asking for, for best distribution
- Social Media Team
- Before, during and after the event
- Secure venue, organize event, banners, flyers, etc.
- Volunteer Coordinator
- What items can be pre-packaged and prepared ahead of time?
- Local Police
- Team Leaders
- Traffic Control
- Distribution Lines
- Recognition & Thank you