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Find a Kiwanis club near you and make a difference in the community.


How to host a food drive


One of the simplest ways to make an impact in your local community is by hosting a food drive. You don’t need many supplies — just some planning, a little volunteer help, and a time and place to accept the donations that you will give to a food bank. Here’s how to host a food drive:

Step 1: Find a local food bank. Contact a food bank in your area and ask about its donation preferences. Food banks often have certain foods they need the most, foods they already have enough of and foods they won’t accept. Food banks also have different preferences regarding in-person or virtual food drives. In addition, determine whether the food bank expects you to deliver the donations or will pick them up at the end of the food drive.

Step 2: Set a goal. How much food are you looking to collect? Figuring out your goal will help determine the number of volunteers you will need, the supplies required and the number of donations the food bank can expect from you.

Step 3: Pick a place and time. Now it’s time to choose where your drive will take place and how long it will last. Normally, food drives take place at schools, churches or community centers — and can last a day, a week or a month, depending on your situation.

Step 4: Recruit volunteers. You’ll need people to help you during every part of your food drive. This can include collecting food, setting up donation bins or stands, advertising the drive or even delivering the food to the food bank once the drive is complete.

Step 5: Promote your food drive. Now make sure that people know what you’re doing. Use multiple forms of promotion, from social media posts and emails to texts, posters and flyers. Include information such as “items accepted” and send reminders so people don’t forget.

Step 6: Collect all of the donations. It's finally time to host your food drive. Collect food donations for as long as your food drive lasts and store them in a safe, dry place until it’s over.

Step 7: Deliver the donations. Once your food drive is complete, turn over all the donations to the food bank. Depending on your plan and the food bank’s preference, either deliver the food directly or wait for the food bank to pick up the donations at a specified location.

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Kiwanis service includes activities such as food drives for local food banks. Kiwanis club members look at the needs of children in their community and decide on the projects that will benefit local kids the most. By becoming a Kiwanis club member, you can act as a positive role model for children in your community and improve their lives.  

Reach out to your local Kiwanis club today to get involved!


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