Tips for a Successful Food Drive
Students like knowing they can help others. A successful food drive at any school or school
district can fill up a warehouse within weeks—if the process is organized with some key players
helping out. Following are tips to help your drive run smoothly:
1. Create a committee to figure out the dates, duration, theme, and type of food drive. Contact
the local food bank or food pantry to find out what is needed the most and when the best time
to drop off all the contributions would be. Successful food drives run at least two weeks.
2. Make sure you have decorated containers in specific locations—whether it’s just in your
school or in businesses in your area. Have volunteers personally stop by community
businesses to ask permission to set up donation containers. Make sure the businesses know
how long the drive will be running and when someone will pick up the food. Leave a phone
number to call in case the containers are filled before a volunteer is scheduled for a pick-up.
3. Get the word out. Have students and other volunteers make posters about the food drive.
Include an article about the event in your school newsletter and get the local newspapers,
radio stations, and television stations to announce the drive. Have someone serve as a
spokesperson for the media.
4. Give incentives such as a pizza party or small gifts to the students who bring in the most
food. You can ask businesses or parents to donate items as prizes.
5. Get the kids really psyched about helping out and explain who they are helping. Sometimes
students don’t understand that others go to bed hungry. Have a rally to get them excited
about fighting hunger.
6. Reward your volunteers and the biggest donors with some type of recognition. If you
can’t afford a breakfast or luncheon, then make sure to honor them by putting individual and
business names in the school newsletter or the local newspaper.