Host a Food Drive

From corporate food drives and fundraisers to concerts and festivals, we are grateful for a generous community who plan and host countless activities on our behalf.

Already know you want to do a Food Drive? Let us know so we can be a resource for you!  

Scroll below to fill out the form.

Food Drive Ideas

  • Give your Food Drive a theme!  It could be seasonal or correlating with a special event like an anniversary, birthday or company event.
  • Set a goal of how many pounds or how much money you would like to raise.
  • Give out awards for those who have the highest food/funds in a department or grade.
  • Get your administrator or CEO involved by asking them to get a pie in the face or do someone’s job for a day if the goal is raised.
  • Specialize the food drive.  Choose one or two of our most needed items for each department.   Powerlifters for Peanut Butter,  Ballerinas for Beans, etc.
  • Have a friendly rivalry.  Challenge different departments or other businesses or organizations.  Whoever wins can make the others wear their schools colors, decorate their office, etc.
  • Office atmosphere: Request donations when someone is late to a meeting, a cell phone rings during meeting, interrupts a co-worker in a meeting, etc.

Most Needed Items & Food Safety

Most Needed Items:

  • Foods high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon), peanut butter, and canned or dried beans
  • Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables
  • Whole-grain foods such as rice, cereal and pasta
  • Soups, chilies and stews
  • 100 percent fruit juice
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Personal Care Items such as toilet paper, bar soap, toothpaste/toothbrush

To ensure food safety, we cannot take:

  • rusty or unlabeled cans
  • perishable items (applies only to food drive donations)
  • homemade or home canned items
  • noncommercial canned or packaged items
  • alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda
  • open or used items

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you donate glass products, please box or bag them separately and label the box or bag “GLASS” on all sides.

 

Good Samaritan Law

Under the 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a federal statute, anyone who donates food in good faith to a food bank or gleaning organization is protected from all liability associated with that product. NEIFB and our partner agencies follow strict food handling and safety procedures to ensure that the people we serve receive the highest-quality food possible.

Food Drive Submission

  • We have food barrels available at the Food Bank. You may pick up the food barrels at the Food Bank or you can request them to be delivered. We need one week's notice for the request of a barrel.