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Food drives are a great 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.
We hope you'll consider hosting a food drive this year and supporting those in need in our community.
Step 1: Plan

A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your food drive is a success. Set a goal, create a theme and determine your strategy! Be sure to check out our Coordinator Toolkit.

Download the Coordinator Toolkit

Step 2: Promote

Make sure lots of people know about your food drive. Once registered you'll receive a personal web page to promote your food drive, send inspiring emails and share your progress. You'll also be mailed a packet of posters and we encourage you to engage social media with photos and updates.

Like the Food Depository’s Facebook Twitter Instagram pages and tag @FoodDepository and #No1ShouldGoHungry in your message.

Check out our Resources and Downloads for a complete list of promotional tools.

View our Resources and Downloads

Step 3: Donate and Collect

We encourage you to remind colleagues, friends and family to contribute and provide status updates to inspire more donations. All virtual food drive donors will receive a thank you letter. If you collected food visit our Donate Food page to schedule a pickup or find a drop off location when your food drive is over.

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. 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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