Thank you for your interest in planning a food drive to support Blessings in a Backpack! Your participation supports our mission to provide hunger-free weekends for 90,000 children facing food insecurity and raises awareness about this silent epidemic.

Plan Ahead:

» Contact a Volunteer Services team member with the date of your food drive and we will connect you with a local program able to receive your donations.
»Select a committee to organize the food drive and delegate responsibilities such as publicity and promotion, e-mail updates, food collection, and food delivery.
»Determine how many collection boxes or plastic/paper bags you will need. Grocery stores are usually willing to donate bags or sell them at cost.
»Create posters and flyers to generate awareness and evoke a desire to help.
»Create a theme a fun theme to generate excitement. For example, “Fill the Bag”, Share What You CAN”, “Let’s Bag Hunger.”

Schedule It:

»Food drives can last a day, a week or even months. The key is to give participants plenty of notice so they are prepared to bring in their donations.
»Set beginning and end dates for the drive.
»Determine collection sites and who will deliver items to the designated Blessings in a Backpack program at the end of the drive.
»Set a goal for how many bags of food to collect. The Volunteer Services staff will be able to provide the number of participating children in the local Blessings in a Backpack program.

Promote the Food Drive:
The more you get the word out, the greater the success of your drive.

»Create promotional materials that will help build awareness about hunger, your food drive and encourage maximum participation.
»Notify your local community centers, churches, libraries, community organizations, schools, colleges/universities about your event.
»Announce your drive on Facebook and other social media.
»Distribute flyers and posters around your community.
»Hand out grocery lists of approved, nonperishable items. Click here for a list. Please note: the Blessings in a Backpack program in your area may have additional preferred items to include.
Place collections bins/boxes in high-traffic areas where everyone will notice them.

Donate Food Items:

»Once your food drive is completed, please reach out to your local Blessings in a Backpack contact to schedule delivery or pick-up.
»Email a thank you note to your participants. Include the total number of items collected and bags assembled.