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Food drives are a good way to take action in the fight against hunger and they provide an immediate impact to our community.
Learn how to organize a food drive in two minutes.
Whether you host a traditional food drive or a virtual campaign, or a combination of both, we hope you'll consider hosting a food drive this year and supporting those in need in our community.
Step 1: Plan

Whether you host a traditional or a virtual food drive, or a combination of both, a little planning can go a long way to ensuring your food drive is a success. Set a goal, create a theme, determine the supplies you’ll need. Start by downloading our Coordinator Toolkit.

Download the Coordinator Toolkit here

Step 2: Promote

One of the most important steps to ensuring success is making sure lots of people know about your food drive. Once you've registered your food drive you'll be provided with a personal web page where you can promote your food drive, send inspiring emails and share your progress. You'll also be mailed a packet of posters to hang and we encourage you to engage your social network with photos and updates towards your goal. Check out our Resources and Downloads for a complete list of promotional tools.

View our Resources and Downloads

Step 3: Collect and Donate

With proper planning and promotion, the hardest part is over once your food drive collection begins. We encourage you to remind colleagues, friends and family to contribute and provide status updates to inspire more donations. If you collected food, when your food drive is over visit our Donate Food page to schedule a pickup or find a drop off location.*Please make sure all boxes are securely taped on the bottom to prevent them from breaking.

Visit our Donate Food page


Step 4: Wrap Up

After a successful food drive it’s important to celebrate and thank all the people that helped you reach your goal. Take a few photos, announce your results, post your final update to social media and share your story. Help our other food drive partners be as successful as you by sharing your personal Success Story.

View Success Stories

Step 5: Get More Involved

The Food Depository is making an impact in our community every day and so can you! Reserve a date to tour the Food Depository, schedule a time to volunteer or advocate for hunger relief. Our community relies on the Greater Chicago Food Depository 12 months a year so when you're ready - host another food drive!

See how you can get more involved in the fight against hunger



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