Corporations, Schools, City Offices, Non-profit Organizations, Neighborhoods, and the US Postal Service have all organized successful food drives throughout the history of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry.
We encourage you and your communities to help us in the fight to end hunger in our community. We are available to help you more efficiently and effectively organize your drive. If you are in need of such help, please contact Barbara Javitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL FOOD DRIVES
Many schools in the valley organize food drives through out the year. Schools also make hygiene kits for the needy and have sandwich making events. Please contact Barbara Javitz at email@example.com for information about organizing a food drive.
ORGANIZING YOUR FOOD DRIVE
Why choose North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry (NHIFP) as your next community service project?
In the last year, the number of people coming to NHIFP for food has increased exponentially. Thus far in 2018, we are giving out more than 260+ bags of food per week. With an increasing need for large food donations on a weekly basis, and, an increasing desire from people like yourself who are looking for meaningful ways to get their organizations involved - NHIFP is a perfect match!
NHIFP Wish List:
To start with, you will need to collect brown bags. Each double brown bag contains the following non-perishable items:
- Canned or packaged soups
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Protein such as canned tuna/chicken
- Canned or packaged beans
- Peanut butter
- Extras e.g. condiments, energy bars, sauces, protein drinks, ramen noodles, packaged cookies, tea, coffee, juice boxes, nuts, fruit bars, powered milk etc.
No glass jars please!
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL DRIVE
- Decide whether your drive will include collection and packing, or, collection only. Set a goal for the number of bags to be collected.
- Select collection and packing dates. Pre-holiday drives are successful but drives are not limited to the holidays as food is needed year round. One week drives are recommended.
- Select location: Collecting from carpool lines at schools is ideal. For organizations, place boxes in a visible area, i.e. near entry doors, break rooms, copiers, and fax machines. Designate a storage site for collected goods.
- Obtain approval for project and dates.
- Advertise the food drive on school/organization grounds and in public forums such as at school assemblies, school church services, and at PTSA/Booster Club meetings for their support of the food drive.
- Staff your drive - have parents (for schools) division leaders (for organizations) supervise the project.
- Create a schedule and sample display. Post schedule and place display at the collection site.
- Collection boxes - make them colorful! NHIFP also has a limited supply of collapsible cardboards containers which are available on a first come first serve basis.
Transport food to your storage site on a daily basis. Sort and count food to determine items still needed.
- Update your school/community daily on items still needed to meet your goal.
For one week, allow daily collections. This builds enthusiasm and momentum. It will also allow you to gauge quantity.