Hold A Food Drive
GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL DRIVE
The fight against hunger begins with YOU. When you host a food or fund drive for the Food Bank of WNY, you provide nourishment and hope to your hungry community members. No gift is too small, no effort is too little. Every dollar raised and each food item donated makes a difference in the lives of our WNY neighbors in need.
Whether you choose to host a food drive, fund drive or special event for the Food Bank, we are grateful for your support and want to help you along the way. Our Fighting Hunger Toolkit offers ideas, step-by-step guidelines and promotional materials to get your food drive, fund drive or event started today!
Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday (8am-4pm) and Saturday (9am-1pm).
If you need further assistance or have any questions, please email Lauren Picone or call (716) 935-6685.
Recommendations for food and product donations
We prefer non-perishable products (please, no glass). Bear in mind, these are suggestions only as we are making a concerted effort to provide healthier options but appreciate every and all 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
• Shelf stable milk (dry or evaporated)
• Canola or olive oil
We also greatly appreciate baby needs items – diapers, baby food, wipes and formula, as well as personal care items such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.
If you are interested in conducting a food drive in Niagara County, please email Kim O’Grady. She will coordinate the drives in that county.
We have discovered that there are some incentives that work well for food drives. Here are a few ideas that have proven successful in the past:
Theme drives: breakfast items, kid-friendly items, proteins, particular foods such as cereal or peanut butter
Dress Down Days work well if your office is compatible with this idea – bring in a can and receive permission to wear jeans on a particular day. (One young woman had a flip-flops day in her law office. The senior partners all went out to buy flip-flops on their lunch hour.)
Special Parking Space awarded to the person who brings in the most cans.
We have found that competitive drives work well also. Ex: department vs. department, women vs. men, grade vs, grade (in schools). Please consider being creative with your drive as something unusual is generally attention-getting.
Still have questions? Please call the Food Drive assistance line at 935-6720 and we will return your call within 24 hours
Send your email request for boxes to Lauren Picone and make sure you include the following information:
Food Drive Participation Form
Name of Company/Group/Organization:
Contact Phone Number:
Dates of food drive: from __ to __
Number of Food Boxes to be delivered: __
PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST ONE WEEK FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE BOXES.
WE WILL ALSO REQUIRE ONE WEEK’S NOTICE FOR PICK UP.
For our pick up purposes, please let us know if there are special instructions – parking space for our truck, particular doors to access, security requirements, etc.