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Host a Food Drive

Food drives are extremely important to us and the people we serve. The food industry makes generous donations to us, but certain important foods are often in short supply. You can help fill that gap and make a difference in the lives of  hungry people. Your efforts to organize and conduct a food drive will provide nutritious, high-quality food for your neighbors in need.

The following step-by-step instructions will tell you everything you need to know about hosting a successful food drive. We have also included links to download posters, a food wish list, and other support materials.

Let's get started!

STEP 1: READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

Click here to download a printable copy.

STEP 2: DESIGNATE A COORDINATOR

This person (very possibly you!) will be responsible for communication with the Food Bank of South Jersey, promoting the food drive, and coordinating the actual collection. You may want to have several people act as a committee, but there should only be one person in contact with us.

STEP 3: ASK FOR SUPPORT

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

STEP 4: CHOOSE YOUR DATES

Holidays are typically the time when most people lend a helping hand, but food drives can be conducted any time of the year. Hunger doesn't take a holiday! The perfect time for your food drive is NOW. Select a start date that gives you plenty of time for planning and organization.

STEP 5: REGISTER YOUR FOOD DRIVE

Click here to download and print a registration form. Fill it out and return it to fbsjfooddrives@foodbanksj.org (the mailing address and fax number are at the bottom of the form).

STEP 6: PLAN YOUR COLLECTION

Choose a high traffic area for your collection containers. We can supply Food Bank of South Jersey collection bins, or you may prefer to use your own containers or boxes. Please note that during our busiest season, September through December, bins may not be available due to their limited number.
  • Have a contest between department to see who can collect the most pounds of food
  • Earn a dress down day if you bring a canned good to work on Friday

STEP 7: SET A GOAL!

People like to shoot for a goal. Determine how many pounds of food, or how many items, you hope to collect. Don't be afraid to think big! When we receive your food, we'll weigh it and tell you how many pounds you collected.

STEP 8: SPREAD THE WORD!

Promote your food drive by hanging posters, distributing flyers, and making announcements at meetings. Put notices in your local newsletter, bulletin, or other publications. Put collection boxes out early, and decorate containers to draw attention to them. Include your goal in all your publicity material. Spreading the word is essential to your food drive s success.

Download and print the FBSJ food drive poster which includes our most needed food items.

STEP 9: COLLECT THE FOOD

As food donations come in, check your collection areas for overflow and box items as you go. Continue promoting your food drive throughout the collection period.

STEP 10: DELIVER THE FOOD

If you drop off the food yourself, you save us time, money, and resources. Our warehouse at 1501 John Tipton Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ, is open Mon-Fri between 9 am and 3:30 pm. No appointment is necessary.

If you collected your food in our bins, call for a pickup when the bins are almost full, but before they're overflowing. Pick-up requests should be made as far in advance as possible, as it may take up to two weeks after your drive ends to get our truck out to you.

To schedule a pick-up, contact us at (856) 662-4884 or email fbsjfooddrives@foodbanksj.org.