Food drives are fantastic! People can clean out pantries (hopefully not donating expired or already opened food), food banks can restock shelves, and people in need can reap the benefits! But these days, food drives aren’t as abundant! We get it! We live in a crazy time right now, where most people don’t want to go out for anything but work and grocery shopping. What can you do?
Well, we’ve given it some thought, and we have a few ideas! They may take a little effort, but if you want to do some good for your local food bank and collect some food, we want you to do it as safely as possible. Be sure to practice safe social distancing and wear a mask.
Be Mobile! Drive-Thru Food Drive
There are a couple ways you can have a successful no contact, drive-thru food drive.
- Host a food drive at your business.
- Ask a local business if they would mind loaning out a small part of their parking lot and go mobile. Perhaps you can even partner up in the food drive.
On the day of your drive, make sure you have clear signage indicating the flow of traffic and where food can be dropped off. Use bins or large boxes to collect food in. Donors can either pop their trunk and volunteers can retrieve food, or donors can place their items in the marked location themselves. Volunteers can then retrieve food once vehicles are clear. These models can be set up in parking lots or even curbside at a business.
Be Neighborly! Neighborhood Food Drive
If you live in a neighborhood, especially in one with an amenity building, this is the easiest way to host a no-contact food drive. Contact HOA or neighborhood leaders to ensure you can set up a drop-off site. Be sure to check bins daily. Food should not be left exposed to the elements for too long, and it shouldn’t be sitting on the ground. Establish a location where you can bring food daily to keep it safe.
Be Productive! Mask for a Can Food Drive
Start a sewing circle for the food bank. Are you handy with a sewing machine? Can you make cloth masks that are in high demand right now? Consider making masks and trading to people for canned goods. See if your family or friends will help you offset material costs and then sew, sew, sew! Go a step further and look for food-related material! Who doesn’t want to wear a mask with cheeseburgers on it?
Be Creative! Virtual CAN-struction Food Drive
Get the whole family involved in this one! It will take some social media and time to gather cans, but this one can be fun! Take a month to gather cans. Utilize any sales at local grocery stores and stock up. Post the event on Facebook and get people in your neighborhood, your friend group, church, etc. involved. Make sure to give plenty of notice. Then set an end date for when you must post a photo of your creation. Let everyone vote for their favorite and they win a prize. Maybe everyone parades past their house in a celebration just for them. Or maybe everyone pitches in and buys a curbside dinner for the winner. Come up with a fun prize that will entice people to participate in this creative food drive. Don’t forget to have everyone donate their cans to the food bank when they are done!
Be Lazy! (In a good way) Virtual Food Drive through Amazon
This one takes very little effort as you can do everything from your couch. Create a Facebook event. Share the link to our Amazon Wishlist. Invite your network to participate. Have them share when they participate. Easy!
Make sure you advertise your food drive. Create a Facebook event, make flyers, send emails, or whip out the phone tree. Tag us @haysfoodbank, and we can help you get the word out if it’s a public event. Above all, stay safe!
If you have a large amount of food, please give us a call at (512) 392-8300 x230l and schedule your drop-off. We don’t want to interfere with our food rescue, partner agency pick-ups, and food distributions. Thank you for supporting your local food bank!