Tips for Hosting a Food Drive This Holiday Season
According to Feeding America, 12 percent of households in America experience food insecurity. The holidays are a perfect time to help our neighbors by organizing a food drive to help those in need in your local area.
How Do I Get Started?
First, you'll want to select the local organization that will receive your donations. Once you've narrowed down your list of candidates, reach out to the charity to determine their needs and the best way to deliver their donations.
Organizing the Event
Once you've contacted the beneficiary of the food drive, now it's time to begin the planning process:
- Determine how the food will be collected. Will there be multiple drop-off locations or only a single place for people to leave donations?
- How will the drive be staffed?
Figure out how many volunteers will be needed to host the drive, including any team leaders needed. Meet with the team leaders to help recruit volunteers and to determine what is needed at the location(s).
Advertise and Prepare
Contact the local media and use social media to get the word out about the event. If you had flyers or other materials created, make sure you have volunteers scheduled to hand them out or post them around town.
Hosting the Event
Allow plenty of time ahead of the big event to get things set up and to welcome your volunteers. If you have been unable to meet ahead of time, walk your volunteers through the process. Check to be sure the crates for collecting food are set up and labeled, and signs are hanging to show where contributors need to go.
After the event is over, follow up with volunteers, thanking them for their time. Let them know how much food was collected and whether there are any future volunteer opportunities with your organization. Also, follow up with the organization that received the donations to get their perspective on how things went and whether they have any suggestions on how to improve future events.
Food drives are a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about food insecurity in America and provide a chance to help those in need. If you have any questions on organizing a holiday food drive with your group or church, or you would like to learn more about our services, feel free to contact us today for more information.