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Holding your food drive: More ideas

  • Raffle

Encourage people to give by offering them a chance at getting something in return through a raffle. The more food they donate, the more tickets they receive. Ask local businesses to donate prizes for the raffle, such as store gift cards.

  • Stuff a truck

Some food drive organizers challenge givers to “stuff a truck.” Participants are encouraged to bring their donations to a specific location where a truck is parked, with the goal of providing a truckload to the food bank.

  • Pay by the can

You can ask people to show their support for your food drive by paying for entrance or attendance at an event via a food donation. For example, if you are having a school dance or community movie screening, ask attendees to donate canned food at the door. If your food drive happens at Thanksgiving time, have guests bring donations of cereal or pasta for the drive instead of food for the meal.

  • Vote by donation

A neat way to get people involved in your food drive is to ask them to vote for something fun by donation. For example, put up a display of pet photos and ask your club to choose who has the cutest pet. Partcipants cast their votes by donating cans in support of the entrant they favor, and whomever gains the most cans is named the winner.

Make it a theme drive

After talking to your local food bank, organize a theme based on what’s needed. For example, if the food bank needs pasta, make it an Italian-themed food drive, with requests for sauce, pasta and canned vegetables. If they need canned tuna, make it a “Gone Fishing!” theme. You can even give each day of your food drive a new theme.

  • Show your artistic side

Canned food makes great art! Host a competition for the best canned food sculpture. Create categories, such as funniest, scariest or biggest. Leave the sculptures on display in a public area such as a mall, library or office lobby to serve as a reminder about the food drive.

  • Track your goals

Make a poster or sign shaped like a can showing how many pounds of food you plan to gather. Color in the can to mark your progress in meeting your goal. If you have a website, post the graphic online as well.

  • Stamp Out Hunger through national food drive

Coordinate your food drive with the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, organized each spring by the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers. The campaign, online at www.helpstampouthunger.com, encourages Americans to leave food drive donations by their mailboxes for pick-up by mail carriers.

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