Filling In The Gaps

Food drives are a way to fill in gaps when you are not able to get enough of a certain food group.

3 Tips for Hosting an Efficient and Effective Food Drive

Get Specific
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Get Specific

  • Make a list of the most wanted and needed items to be able to easily share with your community.
  • The people donating will love knowing that their purchases are going to a great use.
  • Ask for funds and state how you will use them.


  • All 5 food groups- if you have refrigeration/freezer storage.
  • No-salt added vegetables.
  • Fruits in juice or water.
  • Whole grains.
  • Lean protein sources.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Reach out to local businesses that could sponsor your pantry.
  • Use social media to reach donors with your requests.
  • Create an email list of donors and share your list of most wanted items.

*Don’t forget to weigh your donated food when you receive it to include in required reporting.

The following is an easy to use tool from the USDA MyPlate. Feel free to download and use for your food drives.

Food Drive Wish List

We covered quite a bit in the budgeting section. At this point you should be able to assess how much money and food is ideal, while reading suggestions about how to supplement that as needed.

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