Top Food Drives
Food drives are successful when the community is able to join together and make a difference. Our top food drives are a result of many joining the fight against hunger!
Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need.
Help to Spread the Love by hosting a Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive! This food drive is a great way to help children in our community. Did you know that one jar of peanut butter can make 16 sandwiches? Peanut butter is a great source of protein, and is an item that we need to stock our shelves for the summer months. Peanut butter and jelly are two great, nutritious items that provide multiple meals to those in need.
Stamp Out Hunger is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, and an easy way to make a difference in the community. Rain or shine, letter carriers and volunteers collect bags of healthy, non-perishable donated food that people like you, have sent out by their mailboxes. The food is donated to the Food Bank and given out throughout the community to those in need. This year, Stamp Out Hunger brought in 94,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank.
REDSTOCK is designed to drive awareness of hunger and to inspire individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to take action by either donating or coordinating a REDSTOCK food drive or fundraiser for the Food Bank. Each summer the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank experiences a shortage of food and funds on the shelves when students are home and not receiving free or reduced lunch through federal school programs. Seniors are also hit particularly hard in the summer when they have less available finances for food due to elevated utility costs.
American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge joined forces with Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Old State Capitol, Shaw Center for the Arts and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to raise hunger awareness in a unique way. Every year architects around Baton Rouge come together to construct figures made of cans to donate to the Food Bank. After the build of the structures, judging and awards follow. This year CANstruction’s theme was “Can Wars.” It brought 17,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank!
Trevor Sims was first diagnosed with cancer when he was five years old. Five years later, Trevor and his family were informed that his cancer was terminal. With the time he had left, Trevor made a wish that he shared with the Baton Rouge community. He wanted to feed the hungry. The City of Baton Rouge came together to host the Trevor’s Wish city-wide food drive during the first week of September in 2013 and has been going since. Over the last 3 years, Trevor’s Wish has collected over 61,500 pounds of food and over $110,000 in monetary donations, providing food equivalent to 594,166 meals to those in need.
Hunters for The Hungry encourages hunters and fisherman to enjoy the plentiful wild game in Louisiana and give back by sharing frozen fish and game with the hungry through “Donate A Deer.” Donate a whole, freshly harvested deer (you keep the backstrap and tenderloin) at no cost to you – Hunters For The Hungry pays for the processing.
WBRZ hosts the Feed A Family food drive in October every year. To contribute, simply look for the blue and white Feed A Family barrels around town and drop your donated nonperishable items inside. The contents of the barrel will be collected by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and distributed to families who need it most.
This campaign benefits the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank by providing food for families and individuals during the winter season. To support the Make Someone Happy campaign, stop by a participating Associated Food Store location and pick up a red Coca-Cola pre-packed bag of food. Purchase it at the register for $10 when you check out, and then simply drop your red bag into a Food Bank barrel on your way out. The Food Bank will collect the bags, bring them back to our warehouse, and distribute the collected food to those in need across our 11 parish service area.