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Planning a Food Drive

Donation Tips

Foods to Donate

Fruits:

  • Fruits canned in juice
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Dried fruits (raisins, craisins)

Vegetables:

  • Canned vegetables (without salt added)

Meats and Beans:

  • Canned meats and fish (chicken, ham, beef, tuna, salmon)
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Beans (canned, baked, or dried)
  • top-10-unwanted

Dairy:

  • Yogurt (not past expiration)
  • Cheese (not past expiration)

Grains

  • Whole grain, low-sugar cereal
  • Whole grain crackers and popcorn
  • Whole grain enriched pasta and instant rice

Miscellaneous:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Salsa
  • Reduced-sodium broths and soups
  • Salad dressings or spreads
  • Baby food (not past expiration date)

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Meal Makers:

  • Boxed meals that can be easily made (ex. Hamburger Helper)

Signs that may mean food is unsafe to eat:

Cans:

  • Crushed so they will not stack
  • Crushed at the end seam
  • Dents with sharp edges
  • Dents deep enough to rest a finger in
  • Severe rust pits
  • Swollen or bulging edges
  • Holes, fractures, or punctures
  • Evidence of leakage
  • Signs of spoilage when opened (spurting; unusual odor or appearance)
  • Baby food or formula past expiration
  • Missing label

Glass jars:

  • Home-canned foods
  • Raised, crooked, or loosened lid
  • Cracks or chips
  • Signs of spoilage (dis colored food or cloudy liquid)
  • Dirt under the rim
  • Baby food past the expiration date

Paperboard cartons:

  • Packages that are opened.
  • Evidence of insects.
  • Baby food past the expiration date.

Plan Ahead

  • Select a recipient to receive your donations.  This can be your local food bank and/or anti-hunger agency that provides food or meals to the needy.
  • Contact the organization- they may be able to provide barrels or other containers for food collections.
  • Determine how many collection barrels you need.
  • Create posters and flyers to generate awareness of hunger issues and food dives.
  • Donation envelopes- for those wishing to make a monetary donation.
  • Select a committee to organize the food drive and delegate duties.

Establish Basics

  • Create a theme! Make it FUN! Themes often help generate excitement around a food drive and aid in the creation of promotional materials.
  • Set beginning and end dates for the drive.
  • Determine collection sites and who will deliver items to your recipient (s) at the end of the drive.
  • Set a goal for how much food and/ or money to collect (i.e. one million pennies, total weight = pounds of food to collect, certain number of bags of groceries).
  • Communicate above information to all participants.

Promote the Food Drive

  • Create promotional materials that will help build awareness about hunger issues and your food drive.
  • Hold contest for designing posters and flyers.
  • Include food drive information in school newsletters, emails, and calendars.
  • Notify local community centers about the food drive.
  • Distribute flyers and posters around the community.
  • Mark progress with thermometer or total board.
  • Announce results of your collection efforts to your community.


HOURS


  • MON: 10:00am to 2:15pm
  • TUE: 10:00am to 2:15pm
  • WED: 10:00am to 2:15pm
  • THU: 10:00am to 12:15pm

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food-policy-link

Planning a Food Drive

Donation Tips

Foods to Donate

Fruits:

  • Fruits canned in juice
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Dried fruits (raisins, craisins)

Vegetables:

  • Canned vegetables (without salt added)

Meats and Beans:

  • Canned meats and fish (chicken, ham, beef, tuna, salmon)
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Beans (canned, baked, or dried)
  • top-10-unwanted

Dairy:

  • Yogurt (not past expiration)
  • Cheese (not past expiration)

Grains

  • Whole grain, low-sugar cereal
  • Whole grain crackers and popcorn
  • Whole grain enriched pasta and instant rice

Miscellaneous:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Salsa
  • Reduced-sodium broths and soups
  • Salad dressings or spreads
  • Baby food (not past expiration date)

make-donation-count-link

Meal Makers:

  • Boxed meals that can be easily made (ex. Hamburger Helper)

Signs that may mean food is unsafe to eat:

Cans:

  • Crushed so they will not stack
  • Crushed at the end seam
  • Dents with sharp edges
  • Dents deep enough to rest a finger in
  • Severe rust pits
  • Swollen or bulging edges
  • Holes, fractures, or punctures
  • Evidence of leakage
  • Signs of spoilage when opened (spurting; unusual odor or appearance)
  • Baby food or formula past expiration
  • Missing label

Glass jars:

  • Home-canned foods
  • Raised, crooked, or loosened lid
  • Cracks or chips
  • Signs of spoilage (dis colored food or cloudy liquid)
  • Dirt under the rim
  • Baby food past the expiration date

Paperboard cartons:

  • Packages that are opened.
  • Evidence of insects.
  • Baby food past the expiration date.

Plan Ahead

  • Select a recipient to receive your donations.  This can be your local food bank and/or anti-hunger agency that provides food or meals to the needy.
  • Contact the organization- they may be able to provide barrels or other containers for food collections.
  • Determine how many collection barrels you need.
  • Create posters and flyers to generate awareness of hunger issues and food dives.
  • Donation envelopes- for those wishing to make a monetary donation.
  • Select a committee to organize the food drive and delegate duties.

Establish Basics

  • Create a theme! Make it FUN! Themes often help generate excitement around a food drive and aid in the creation of promotional materials.
  • Set beginning and end dates for the drive.
  • Determine collection sites and who will deliver items to your recipient (s) at the end of the drive.
  • Set a goal for how much food and/ or money to collect (i.e. one million pennies, total weight = pounds of food to collect, certain number of bags of groceries).
  • Communicate above information to all participants.

Promote the Food Drive

  • Create promotional materials that will help build awareness about hunger issues and your food drive.
  • Hold contest for designing posters and flyers.
  • Include food drive information in school newsletters, emails, and calendars.
  • Notify local community centers about the food drive.
  • Distribute flyers and posters around the community.
  • Mark progress with thermometer or total board.
  • Announce results of your collection efforts to your community.


HOURS


  • MON: 10:00am to 2:15pm
  • TUE: 10:00am to 2:15pm
  • WED: 10:00am to 2:15pm
  • THU: 10:00am to 12:15pm

Caritas Resources