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How to Hold a Successful Food Drive

Schedule a speaker for your group (or a tour)
Jump start your drive with a presentation from one of our panel of speakers or with a tour of our social services campus for your leadership. Call our Community Resources office today at (239) 278-1551. Knowing more about our organization will help people see the need and will help assure the success of your food drive.

Choose a coordinator
While you may use a committee to spearhead your drive, select a representative to be the primary contact to The Salvation Army. It is suggested that you use this same person as “the face” of the food drive to your staff and any others to whom you may open this opportunity.

Secure support
Make sure that your corporation, church, office, or organization’s top management has endorsed your food drive and will do everything they can to help you organize, promote and run it.

Select your dates
The perfect time for your food drive is NOW. Choose a start date that gives you plenty of time for planning and organization and a realistic end date that affords enough time to market your drive. A suggested time span is at least one week.

Register your food drive
Click here to use the online Food Drive Registration Form.

Plan your collection
Where will you collect the food? What will you put it in? An attractive collection area will inspire your audience, so you may wish to decorate the boxes with our available signage or logo. You may wish to have several collection points if you have a large organization. Remember that your collection point is continuous publicity for your drive. Set up a secure method to collect checks, and have them made out to The Salvation Army.

Set your goal and have FUN!
Arrange a friendly competition between departments; take photos around the collection site, even theme your drive based on the time of year. Let your creativity flow! You may wish to weigh the contributions as they come in and post your daily totals.

Spread the word
Promote your food drive with email blasts, by hanging posters, distributing flyers, and via meeting announcements. Include information in your internal publications and newsletters. Use your Facebook page or social media to include customers and clients. Tag The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties for Facebook posts.

Collect the food
During your drive, check the collection areas, and store the overflow. Box items as you go. The cartons that your copy paper comes in make great food boxes! Continued collection throughout the drive inspires more participation.

Deliver the food
Have transportation lined up to deliver donations to The Salvation Army. In these difficult economic times we have cut budgets and do not have a driver, truck or fuel available on a regular basis.

Celebrate and consider a scheduled annual food drive for The Salvation Army!

Thank you for Being A Shield to protect the hungry in our community. Feel free to call us at (239) 278-1551 to discuss this and other ways that you can Be A Shield.

Questions? Call (239) 278-1551.


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