Hosting a food drive is a hands-on way for your school, office, group or place of worship to join us in helping to feed our neighbors. Drives can be held year-round and are an important resource for Hendricks County Food Pantries. Hosting a drive is easy, and we will help you through the process. Please e-mail us to to register your event and for any help planning. Also see below for tips on planning a healthy food drive.
PLANNING A SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE
FIRST: Form a team or committee who will be responsible for promoting, coordinating, collecting and dropping off your food drive. Determine the type of Food Drive using our Most Needed Food Items list and our Food Drive Ideas sheet. Set your timeline. We need food on a year round basis! Give participants ample time to purchase food for donation.
SECOND: Establish your drop off location(s). Be sure no food is placed or stored on the ground. Begin gathering sturdy collection bins (photocopy boxes work well). Label boxes with Food Drive information. Promote your Food Drive – hang posters, hand out flyers, send an email, post it on Facebook, provide participants with a bag to take to the grocery store, hold a competition for which group donates the most food, organize an event where a food donation is the price of admission, plan a special day for the donation of a particular item (e.g., Canned Fruit on Tuesday). Consider offering a $$ donation option (cash or checks or make a donation online at the Hendricks County Community Foundation (indicate that it is for Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition). Share the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition website and Facebook page with participants.
Contact the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition before the Food Drive ends to consider delivery options. We will send you a Thank You and post on our Facebook page for the total pounds collected. Make sure you publicize your results to give your participants the satisfaction of a job well done. Review the event and set the date for next year!
THANK YOU for your continued support!
MOST NEEDED FOOD ITEMS:
All items should be nonperishable. PLEASE, no outdated or pre-opened items.
CEREALS, WHOLE GRAIN
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY
BOXED MEALS & SIDE DISHES
PASTA & SAUCE
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS SUCH AS DISH & LAUNDY SOAP, PAPER ITEMS
HYGIENE ITEMS SUCH AS SOAP, SHAMPOO, TOOTHPASTE, FEMINE HYGIENE
YOU CAN HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF YOUR NEIGHBORS. WHEN CHOOSING ITEMS FOR THE FOOD DRIVE, PLEASE LOOK FOR LABELS WHICH READ:
Low Sodium, No Salt Added, Reduced Sodium, 50% Less Sodium, No Sugar Added, 100% Fruit Juice, Unsweetened, Lite