Host a Food Drive

Thank you for your interest in helping Manna. When you host a food drive you will enable our neighbors experiencing hunger to get the food they urgently need. Together we can fight hunger and feed hope!  Follow these easy steps for a successful, healthy drive.

  • Decide when you’d like to hold your drive. Although the holidays are a popular time of year, food is needed year-round. Consider holding a drive in the spring or summer when supply is especially low. Hosting a themed food drive, such as a kid-friendly collection to benefit Smart Sacks for back-to-school time or a cereal food drive is a great idea.
  • Do you want to collect food and/or money? We need both! Ninety-four cents of every dollar that is donated to Manna goes directly into programs that provide food for those less fortunate. If you want to collect donations, the easiest way is to create a donation collection container for your group to use to collect monetary donations.
  • Create posters to advertise your food drive. Be sure to include all the important details: date, time, drop off location and that the food drive will benefit Manna Food Center. You can also let people know about your food drive through email, list serves, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Distribute a preferred food list for people to donate. Manna’s wish list of food items can be found here: Most Needed Food List
  • Host your food drive and give it plenty of support.
    • Email your co-workers, friends, and neighbors to rally support.
    • Contact the local papers to let them know about your food drive.
    • Put it in local newsletters, bulletins, and websites to rally support.
    • Set a goal and monitor the progress
  • If you collect a large amount of food (more than a minivan will hold) we may be able to arrange for one of our trucks to pick up the donated food. Simply call us at (301) 424-1130. Please note that we need several days’ lead time – or even a couple of weeks during busy times — in order to pick up your donation.
  • If you’re dropping off the food, you deserve extra thanks. You’ve saved us additional expenses that we can redirect towards serving our participants. Food can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm at:

    Gaithersburg Warehouse

    9311 Gaither Road

    Gaithersburg, MD 20877

    (301) 424-1130 | info@mannafood.org

  • Pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Your efforts will make a big difference helping feed those less fortunate in our community. Please send us photos and highlights so we can share on Twitter and Facebook.

Looking for some ways to bring some excitement to your food or fund drive! Click here and check out a few ideas.