Project for Organize a Food Drive


Organizing a food drive is a great way to help people in your community. You can select the local senior center, food pantry, or shelter that you want to support.

The Problem

Many community-based organizations lack the capacity or resources to meet the needs of the growing population of hungry Americans. Food pantries and other charitable organizations also often run short on food that is age appropriate (e.g., low sodium for seniors), culturally appropriate and/or fresh. Tight economic times have only further burdened these organizations.

The Solution

Organize a food drive! Collect food and/or monetary donations for your favorite community-based food organization. There are a few models for how to hold a food drive. This toolkit focuses on the “single-site drop-off” model, where people bring food donations to a place, on a specific date, where volunteers are waiting to receive it.

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Mahatma Gandhi

Time Commitment

For a single-site food drop-off event, an organizer will spend 2 to 4 hours each week for several weeks. For a food drive involving numerous drop-off locations and spanning several days or weeks, additional time is needed to cover the length of the drive.

Other volunteer roles: Anywhere from 2 to 10 hours throughout the process.

Special Considerations


Who can do this?

Everyone! It is helpful to have a detailed-oriented person lead the activity.

Great Reasons to do this Project

  • Help feed people
  • Support a community program
  • Demonstrate social responsibility
  • Meet people in your community
  • Give back to the community during these uncertain economic times