Hold A Food Drive



The Food Bank would love to help you!


Non-perishable donated foods will help the Food Bank provide food to 340 member agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, day care and adult day care centers, group homes, summer camps and snack programs.


A successful food drive takes both good organization and promotion. Select a coordinator for your efforts. Choose a date and decide how long you will run your food drive. It can be a one day event or can last as long as a month. Decide on how you will promote your food drive.  Make signs, make phone calls, have contests but whatever you decide to do … HAVE FUN!


Here are some recommendations for food donations

Fruits & Vegetables:

·   Canned Vegetables— Reduced/Low Sodium preferred

·   Canned Fruits — In Natural Juices

·   Canned Tomato Sauces

·   100% Fruit or Vegetable Juice



·   Canned Tuna, Chicken, Stews and Chili

·   Canned or Dried Beans and Legumes

·   Peanut Butter



·   Pasta, Rice, Cereal and Oatmeal—

Whole Grain/Wheat preferred


Other Items:

·   Shelf Stable Milk (dry or evaporated)

·   Canola or Olive Oil


We prefer: Shelf Stable, Non-Perishable and Labeled Foods

Please! No Glass Containers


You may also wish to have a theme for your food drive … such as baby needs … (diapers, formula, lotions, shampoo) OR personal care items for all ages, OR items for the holidays.

Be creative … there is no right or wrong way to have a food drive.


Please use this .pdf version to distribute to your potential donors.


Please, contact Polla Milligan at (716) 935-6693 or through email pmilligan@foodbankwny.org to schedule a barrel delivery or pick-up. Thank you in advance for partnering with us for the benefit of our community in need.

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