How to Organize Your Own Food Drive

Organizing a food drive can be simple, easy and fun!  With the provided materials, you can run a successful food drive with minimum time commitment.  This drive will make a difference in the lives of low-income children and families during the holiday season.

Five steps to a successful food drive:

1. Select the dates of your drive. We suggest holding it for up to five days, so your group has one designated week to bring their items in. No matter what length of time you choose, plan on receiving items after your deadline. Expect the actual deadline to be a few days after the deadline that you publicize. We ask that donations be delivered to MEND before December 12.

2. Advertise! Publicity is key to a successful drive. Spread the word to as many people as possible and don’t be shy about reminding them. Send out an email and make announcements. People like to be informed about ways they can help.

3. Distribute printed publicity materials. Print out MEND’s Christmas Food Drive Flyer and share it with the group who will be participating. Display them in public areas such as a front desk, break room, classroom or neighborhood community center.

4. Set up a drop-off point. Print out MEND’s Christmas Food Drop-Off Point Flyer and post it in an easily accessible area. Attach another flyer to the box or bin that you are using to collect the food. Be sure to place the box or bin where people can see it.

5. Collect, collect, collect! The hard part is over and it’s time for you to sit back and watch your group come together to help low-income families. After your food drive is complete, we hope you and your group will visit MEND when you drop off your donations so that we can personally thank you for your donation.

Holiday Drive Resources

Toy Drive

Food Drive

Holiday Drive Tip:

  • At your annual Christmas party, have your guests bring a toy, can of food, or blanket as their “entrance ticket.”