Get creative and you'll collect more food than you ever thought you could.
1 in 6 U.S. households don't know where their next meal is coming from. (Shocking, right?) You can do something about this. We've put together a list of food drive ideas for you.
- Ask a local grocery store if you can setup a drive at the store. Have friends give out information about the collection as people go in. On the way out, collect the donations.
- Setup a competition between grades or homerooms in your school to see who can collect the most food.
- Host a movie night and charge a food item as the admission price. Take it a step further: ask a local movie theater to host it. Now you can get hundreds of people and cans of food.
- Have a pajama/dress down day. Set a goal like, if half of the students bring in food, you get to dress down.
- Got an event coming up? Holiday party or concert? Big basketball game? Make a food item the price of admission.
- Create a raffle and get great prizes donated. Price of a raffle ticket? Duh, an item of food.
- Get Your Teachers Involved like Columbus High School in Iowa did. They put teachers on the school roof on a drizzly, cold day. (Seriously!) Each donated item added a minute of lock-up time. The result? Over 6 hours on the roof!
- Have a lemonade or hot chocolate stand (depending on the season). Pick a good location and get people to work it. Advertise it with posters a few days before like, “Want some lemonade/hot cocoa? It’ll cost you a can of food!”
- Pick a weekend day and have groups of friends compete to see how much food they can collect in their neighborhood in 2 hours. You’ll canvas your whole town in no time and probably get a good work-out too.
- Make a theme for each day of the week and tell people to bring in cans that fit the theme, like Protein Monday or Carb Friday.
- Offer to help neighbors with yard work in exchange for food donations.