Food and fund drives are wonderful ways to support the Food Bank’s work. We encourage you to seek donations of shelf-stable, not-expired food items only, such as protein dense foods like tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, and canned foods like stews, chili, ravioli and hearty soups. Cereal and Oatmeal are great donations as well. All food items are appreciated, but some are more difficult to get, and therefore are more valuable for the agencies we serve. We have a comprehensive list of desirable items and also ideas on how to “theme” your food drive for maximum results. Contact our Food Drive coordinator Carol Griffin at (845) 534-5344 extension 112 for more information.
We also encourage you to offer people the opportunity to make a financial donation in lieu of a food donation. People often forget to bring in food or would prefer to donate cash, so collecting monetary donations allows more people to participate and makes the drive more successful. We use the funds to pick up, store, and distribute the large amount of donated food we receive from the food industry.
How To Host a Food Drive
To make your food drive a success, follow these handy tips. For more information, please contact Lianna Booth who coordinates area Food Drives at (845) 534-5344 X112.
- Register your food drive with the Food Bank by completing and returning this registration form: Registration Form Submitting this form puts you on our Food Drive Calendar and helps us keep things organized
- Create a theme for your food drive. Download our theme guide: Theme Guide for ideas, or create your own. Run a food drive in connection with a special event or holiday celebration. Download List of Food Drive Favorites.
- Set a date for your food drive. A two-week food drive is usually about right. Shorter food drives need to be very well publicized to be effective
- Publicize, publicize, publicize! Posters, flyers, e-mails, newsletter articles, payroll inserts, and public service announcements are all effective ways to let people know about your food drive. It helps to provide people with a contact person within your organization who can answer questions
- Choose a method for collecting food. Please keep collection containers to a reasonable size. Remember that even a small box will become quite heavy when filled with canned food. Please fill boxes only until the lid can be placed securely on top or the flaps can be folded down. This makes it easier to stack boxes when your collection is done
- Double the value of your donation by delivering it directly to the Food Bank – preferably on a Tuesday or Thursday when the warehouse is a bit less hectic. If you let us know when you’re dropping off your food, we can arrange a tour of our warehouse for you. If a pick-up by the Food Bank is necessary, arrangements must be made in advance
- Thank everyone in your organization for their participation
- Share your information with us. If your organization’s newsletter or local paper publishes anything regarding your food drive, please send us a copy for our records. Thank you!
If you are interested in holding a food drive, please call 845 534-5344 extension 112 or fill out the form below.