Should I do a Food Drive or a Fund Drive?
All support, both food donations and monetary donations are welcomed and beneficial to the food bank. Food donations feel great for donors and help create a sense of community as they select items to give. But food donations from individuals only represent about 1% of food that we distribute. For every dollar donated, we are able to purchase enough food for up to 4 meals, so monetary donations really help us provide large amounts of food.
What is a Fund Drive?
A fund drive allows organizations to raise funds for the food bank. Through our online platform, an individual page is set up with a personal link to share with family, friends, and colleagues. The funds are donated directly to us for a contact free way to support the food bank and your neighbors.
COVID safety and food/ fund drives
Considering the pandemic and increased need in our community, we are unable to do pickups and deliveries. Many organizations are choosing to create fund drives to reduce contact and increase safety. A fund drive is completely virtual and still supports your neighbors!
Which would you prefer be donated: food or money?
The Food Bank is grateful for any and all donations. Food drives not only provide the food needed by our hungry neighbors but also create a connection between donors and the people they are helping. On the other hand, monetary donations yield more food, as the Food Bank can buy at deeply reduced rates. For every dollar donated, we are able to provide more than $9 worth of groceries, enough for four meals.
What is the best way to collect monetary donations?
When you register your Food & Fund Drive on our website, you will gain access to create your very own, customizable Food & Fund Drive homepage. Use our web tools to set a fundraising goal, invite others to join your drive, and easily ask your friends, family and co-workers to support your efforts by making a convenient online gift. Handy features like email templates and a progress thermometer help drive your success.
Can you pick up my food donations?
At this time, we are unable to provide any transportation.
If I decide to do a Food Drive, what food items are needed the most?
Nutritious non-perishable items like canned meats (including tuna, stews and soups), and canned fruits and vegetables are in greatest demand. Our most current Most Needed Items list is part of the Food & Fund Drive Toolkit you’ll receive upon registering.
What supplies does the Food Bank provide for my drive?
The Food Bank can provide colorful posters, donation barrels or boxes*, collection bags, and a personalized fundraising website. (*The food bank cannot deliver or pick up food at this time. You can pick up a barrel or deliver food to our location if you like.)
Will the Food Bank help promote my Food or Fund Drive?
The food bank is happy to re-share any infomration that we deem appropriate. If you would like to tag us in social media, we will do our best to reshare.