Food Drive Resources

Food Drive How-To's: Building a Better Food Drive

Food Drives can be complex, but we're here to help make sure they run smoothly. Together, we can make sure your food drive is a success!

Thank you for signing up to host a food drive! Below you will find everything you need to get started!

We’re so excited to hold a food drive with you!  Harvest Hope organizes thousands of food drives every year to help fill the shelves of food banks nationwide. Together, we’re going to provide even more meals to your neighbors in need.

About Hunger

More than 42 million Americans, including 1 in 6 children, face hunger every day. There are people who are facing hunger in your community because hunger exists in every state and county in the United States. Your local food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens rely on the donations they receive from people like you to help keep their shelves stocked. Food drives are also a great way to raise awareness about hunger and inspire others to take action.

Location is Everything

Don’t hold a food drive in the middle of nowhere; go where the people are! Offices, schools, grocery stores, and sporting events are all great locations!

Make it a Competition and Make it Fun

Offering an incentive or a prize to donors can help create energy and excitement about your food drive. Holding a food drive at a school? Reward the class who collects the most with a pizza party. Holding a food drive at work? Set a goal and promise the staff a free bagel breakfast if they reach it. Discount coupons, entries to a raffle, and admission to an event are other ways to persuade potential donors. But don’t overthink it! The goal is to collect food for those in need. Whether you collect a lot or a little, every bit of food you collect will help feed people in your community. Have some fun with it! Keep sharing pictures and updates about the food drive with your team and on social media!