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Are you Interested in Holding a Food Drive?

Are you interested in holding a food drive but not sure how to get started or what to do?  Below are some helpful hints to make your food drive successful.

GET STARTED

    • Choose a Leader Appoint a Food Drive Coordinator to organize, motivate and promote the food drive. This person will also be the contact person for All Faith’s staff.
    • Set Your Dates – set up beginning and end dates. Most food drives last two weeks, but your food drive can last long enough to suit your organization’s needs. It depends on the number of employees, members or customers who are participating.
  • Select a List of the items to Donate  – All items should be nonperishable, i,e, boxed bagged and canned foods. These are the top 5 nonperishables, items All Faith distributes:
  • Canned Meat Products
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Rice and Pasta
  • Beans
  • Infant Formula
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables

All food items collected should be nonperishable, i.e. bagged, boxed and canned food items.  Food items in glass containers are accepted, but please be careful in handling them.  It would be a good idea to separate the glass items from the canned and boxed items to prevent breakage.

PROMOTE IT!

  • Hang posters in high traffic areas, listing the dates of the food drive and drop-off locations.
  • Profile the food drive in your newsletter.
  • Send everyone an email and a shopping list.
  • Distribute fliers.
  • Broadcast your food on the PA system.
  • Put out tent cards in the lunchroom.
  • Put a stuffer in mailers, paychecks or direct mail pieces.

MAKE IT FUN!

  • Hold a kick-off party
  • Give your food drive a theme, such as a Beach Party (kick-off your food drive with a luau and collect items like tuna shell-shaped pasta and canned pineapple)
  • Hold a food drive in conjunction with an organization-wide event, like a staff party convention.For Business

For Businesses

  • Hold a contest between departments.
  • Exchange food for dress-down days.
  • Have a reward system – give out a free vacation day to the staff member who brings in the most food.
  • Offer a store discount to customers who bring in food.For Schools

For Schools

  • Hold a contest between classrooms/grades.
  • Make a food drive part of a class project on hunger issues.

Bring in your collected food to All Faith and get a tour.   (What better way to find out where the food goes?)

REMEMBER…

  • Celebrate Your Accomplishments
  • Hold a wrap –up party.
  • Recognize participants with gift certificates or plaques.

If you are interested in holding a food drive, please print out the form below and return to Cassie Wilkins or Pat Menegay by fax (623)327-0913, by email allfaithcs@aol.com by mail All Faith Community Services 214 S. 5th Street, Buckeye, AZ 85326 or drop it off at All Faith’s offices.


Yes, we want to hold a Food Drive to benefit All Faith Community Services

Please fill out the following information and return to Cassie J. Wilkins or Pat Menegay by Fax (623)327-0913, by email allfaithcs@aol.com, by mail at All Faith Community Services 214 S. 5th Street Buckeye, AZ 85326. 


Organization Name:___________________________Contact Person_______________________________

Street Address:________________________________________City____________Zip Code__________

Major Cross Streets:_____________________________________________________________________________

Specific Directions to your Location____________________________________________________________________________

Phone#___________________Fax#_________________E-mail Adress:___________________________

Dates of Food Drive:________________________________________________________________

{ } We will use our own collection boxes and drop-off our collected food at All Faith Community Services

{ }   We need collection boxes! Please drop-off______(no. of boxes)___________(date) and pick-up our collected

food on___________(date). Drop-off and pick-up dates must fall on_______________

Help is a phone call away – Contact Cassie Wilkins or Pat Menegay at (623) 386-3513, email us at allfaiths@aol.com 

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