Hold A Food Drive
GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL DRIVE
Thank you for your contribution to the Food Bank of WNY!
Food drives are an amazing, low-cost way of raising food for families in need in Western New York.
How do we get started?
• Fill out the Food Drive registration form or email your contact information to Lauren Picone with the specifications of your food drive
• Review the following documents on hosting a successful Food Drive
o Healthy Food Donation List
o Food Drive Themes
o Food Bank of WNY Food Drive Poster #1, #2
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.