Finishing it up: What to do when the food drive is done
Y our food drive is over and you’ve collected a mountain of donations. Congratulations! Here’s w h a t y o u n e e d t o k n o w n o w t h a t y o u a r e f i n i s h e d :
If your food bank provides pick-ups for donations, let the staff know when your drive will be completed. If pick-up is not offered, arrange in advance who from your team will be able to transport the food. Determine how many cars
or trips — will be needed, who will be able to help
move the donations and when you will make the delivery to the food bank. (Chances are the food you collect will take up more room than you anticipate!)
Call ahead to confirm that the food bank will be open and able to receive your donation. Some food banks have specific hours for donations.
Earn some attention
Publicize your results! Let the media know you met your goals and encourage them to meet you at the donation center when you make your delivery. If they can’t come, take a photo and send it to your local news organizations, along with a press release summarizing the results.
Create posters thanking everyone who was involved and hang them at the collection sites. Make sure to give credit to everyone who helped in setting up, collecting donations, and donating food and supplies.
Plan ahead for next year
Now that your food drive has been a success, consider making it an annual event. Set a date and begin planning a few months or weeks in advance. Use the lessons you’ve learned to make next year’s food drive even better.
Above, volunteers from Bread of Life load food and supplies for homeless people into a truck in Port Charlotte, Fla., in August 2004 following Hurricane Charley. Photo by Andrea Booher, courtesy FEMA.
Other photos and art throughout toolkit courtesy iStockphoto and APHA.