Food Drive Resources
How to Organize a Food Drive
- Fill out the food drive registration form located on our website.
- Get organized! Make it easy to give by providing grocery bags or tote bags for the donation. Decide on a drop-off location, and consider offering multiple locations for people to bring donations if your organization is large. Use our fliers (above) and decide what materials you may need.
- Communicate clearly. Educate your audience about the important issue of hunger in our community. When people understand the importance of food insecurity among children, seniors, and throughout the community, they will be more motivated to give. We often receive donations during the holidays, but are also in need of food during the rest of the year, especially during the spring and summer months.
- Set a goal of number of cans or pounds of food you would like to collect. During the drive, continually show your audience the progress they are making toward the goal. Reporting daily contributions and successes toward reaching your goal will help motivate people.
- Thank your donors. When you’ve completed your drive, we will be able to provide you with your results from your drive, such as weight and meals provided. You can then use this information to inform your donors or include in a bulletin, employee newsletter, or online.
Thank you for joining us in our fight against hunger by hosting a food drive. Here are a few tips and ideas for a successful food drive!
- Plan. When your food drive receives adequate planning, you will have more success in your drive.
- Get the word out! Great tools include: fliers, posters, newsletters, email, press releases, public service announcements, collection bags, signs, attractive collection sites, and many other tools. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the food bank staff to work on publicizing your food drive with fliers and brochures.
- Be creative. Remind people to bring their food donations to various collection bins, such as a potluck or special lunch. Start a competition or ask a leader to issue a challenge. Creativity makes your food drive entertaining and fun!
- Set a goal for number of cans or pounds of food you would like to collect. During the drive show everyone the progress they are making.
- Gather boxes that will hold about 24 cans. Even a small box of cans can be heavy. Decorate the boxes and put your organization’s name on them.
- Locate volunteers to load and transport your food the The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Please deliver during our business hours: Mon-Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
- Keep people informed where the drive location is. Let people know that damaged cans, boxes, and packages cannot be used, nor can items without labels. We can accept any commercially processed canned or dried foods. Always needed items are: protein foods like tuna fish, beef stew, and canned meats, cereal and canned vegetables and fruits. While we do accept items in glass containers, they are easily broken and pose risks to our warehouse drivers and volunteers, so plastic is preferred.
- Pick a theme or catch slogan. When you pick a theme or slogan, it can help engage your audience. Examples include: Choose a food item individuals can donate on a specific “theme” day; i.e. Macaroni Monday, Tuna Tuesday, Whole Grain Wednesday, Peanut Butter Thursday, Fruity Friday. Other fun ideas are: Breakfast of champions – food for breakfast, time for dinner – dinner time items such as pastas, beans, etc., Snack time – Easy, non-perishable food items, or “Souper” bowl – have a food drive around the Super Bown and collect various soups.
- Provide incentives. Try to arrange friendly competitions between departments or classes at your organization. Offer prizes (free lunch or a vacation day) to the team that brings the most donation.
What to Donate
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Food Bank Fliers
Spread the Love – A peanut butter and jelly food drive to help feed hungry children. Did you know that one jar of peanut butter can make 16 sandwiches?
Food and Fund Drive – Food and fund drives are a year-round way to make a difference in fighting hunger here in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
LSU Theme - Donate nonperishable items to the food bank with labels that are purple or gold.
Southern University Theme - Donate nonperishable items to the food bank with labels that are blue or gold.
Mardi Gras - A Mardi Gras food drive to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and community.
Easter Drive - Fight hunger and feed hope this Easter.
Halloween Drive - Being food insecure is scary! Help the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank collect nonperishable food items this Halloween and scare hunger away in our community!
Thanksgiving Drive - Host a food drive for all the Thanksgiving themed items!
Holiday Season – Host a food drive during the holiday season to help benefit families in need and bring joy to the hearts of many who are struggling with food insecurity.