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How to Organize a Food Drive

If you want to change the world but lack the tights and cape, this guide will make you a hero in your own community as you help feed those in need.


  • Step 1: Start a committee Start a committee with several dedicated and hard-working friends to help plan, promote, collect donations, and recruit volunteers for the food drive.
  • TIP: Call the local newspaper to get some free publicity and more people involved.
  • Step 2: Create fliers Get your artistic friends to create eye-catching posters and fliers to let people know when and where to donate and what items are needed.
  • Step 3: Keep the time period short Keep the time period to between two and four weeks so people don't forget and energy levels don't wane.
  • TIP: Set a goal to encourage people to donate and to work hard.
  • Step 4: Invite businesses to help Invite businesses, clubs, and other organizations to help advertise the food drive to their customers and patrons.
  • Step 5: Ask for freebies Ask businesses to donate snacks, juice, and water for the volunteers; and prizes to give away to donors that go above and beyond expectations.
  • Step 6: Contact local food banks Contact local food banks to let them know of your intentions so they can prepare for a large donation and can help with some of the planning.
  • Step 7: Plan for next year Plan for next year's food drive once the dust has settled since it is never too early to start.
  • FACT: Warren Buffett donated an estimated 37 billion dollars to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006 -- the largest single charitable donation in U.S. history.

You Will Need

  • Friends
  • Good organization
  • Devotion

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