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.
Looking for some ways to bring some excitement to your food or fund drive! Click here and check out a few ideas.
Food Drive Ideas
Looking for some ways to bring some excitement to your food or fund drive? Check out the list below.
• Schedule a fun kick-off event to create interest in the food drive. For example, hold an office party in which admission is a food or cash donation to the drive.
• Hold a raffle in which a food or cash donation to the drive buys a raffle ticket. Give away some creative incentives.
• Have food assigned to a specific day: Macaroni Monday, Tuna Tuesday, Wheaties Wednesday, Turkey Thursday, Fruity Friday. Let participants know ahead of time.
• Do lunch time/lunch room games. Build a canned castle, a cereal maze, etc. from food collected by employees.
• A tisket, a tasket. Everyone brings a food item to work and drops it off at the door of a co-worker with a note, “this is my food drive donation in honor of you”. The worker puts the donation in the bin and posts the note on the bulletin board. See how filled up the board gets.
• Guess what’s in the food box contest. A box of groceries in placed in a convenient location. Folks that brought in a food donation are able to guess what’s in the box. Whoever guesses the most items wins. Winner gets a prize – could be something big or just something goofy.
• MEAT the Need – canned meat drive.
• Make Every BEAN COUNT – canned or dried beans drive.
• Fruity Fines – For one day or several, the school library allows students to “pay fines” with canned fruit or other food items.
• Winter’s Coming Drive – Donations consist of “winter” items like stew, chili, beans
• Hold a contest between departments, classes, troops, etc. to see who can raise the most. Offer incentives for those who contribute the most to your drive.
Fund Drive Ideas
• Denim Days are one of the easiest and most effective ways to raise money in workplaces. Employees can pay $5 to dress down for a day. Give every employee who participates a sticker, so they can show their support. Place a sign in the reception area announcing the Denim Day to alert clients and visitors of why employees are dressed down. Appointing a few employees per floor/section to help with the collection of money is a great way to make the employee campaign manager’s job easier!
• Appreciation grams are sent to co-workers in the office on an ordinary day or in connection with a holiday such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, May Day, etc. Appreciation grams consist of little notes with words of thanks, recognition, or good wishes. Along with the note, include a bag of candy, a Mylar balloon or flowers. Some examples include: jelly beans for Easter, Hershey Hugs for Valentine’s Day, pet rocks for a 70s theme, candy corn for Halloween. Take pre-orders for one week in the break-room. Write down the names of the sender and receiver so they can be delivered at a later date. Notes can be computer printed generic messages, or at time of purchase, purchaser can hand write a note of appreciation.
• We all have at least one embarrassing baby picture buried in our photo albums. Display baby pictures of each employee and have a contest to see who can guess who the babies are! Sell guess sheets for $5.