NTFB Documents Canned Food Drive Handbook - Page 7

Food-Drive Fun!

Want to take your Canned Food Drive to the next level? Here are some great ways to start:

*Host a “Food of the Day” drive and have employees bring certain foods for each day of the week. For example, days may be named Macaroni Mondays, Tuna Tuesdays, Wheaties Wednesdays, Tomatoe Sauce Thursdays and Fruity Fridays.

*Make various departments or classrooms responsible for different food groups. Have different groups collect canned meat, canned vegetables, kid-friendly food, breakfast food, beverages, etc.

*Fill the bag. Provide employees an empty paper sack and ask that the bags be returned full of non-perishable food items.

*Host a a raffle and allow each item donated to act as an entry. Offer a special prizes. Bonus Tip! For office drives, prizes could include vacation time, free lunch, a coffee gift card or movie passes.

*Hold a competition between departments or classrooms. Give the

group that collects the most a group

prize. Bonus Tip! For school drives,

prizes could include a casual dress

day, extra recess time or a "no-

homework" day.

*Get creative with your

canned food! Split your group into

teams and have each one build a

structure out of the cans they collect.

Recruit a few judges to pick the best

structure and/or the most nutritious


Spread the Word about your Food Drive!

There are many ways you can spread the word about your Canned Food Drive among potential participants.

– Hang food drive posters around your office or school. See NTFB's poster template in the toolbox.

- Host a food drive kick-off event to build excitement about the food drive.

– Distribute food drive flyers in employee mailboxes or send them home with students.

– Include food drive details in your group's newsletter.

– Send email reminders to participants the day the food drive begins and send an email progress report halfway through the drive.


– Take photos throughout your drive of

items collected and post them on social

media to keep your network updated.

– Use graphics like those in our

toolbox, or create your own using

free sites like Canva.com

– Create a Facebook Event page

(click here for details)

– Tag NTFB in your posts:

Twitter: @ntfb

Facebook: @North Texas Food Bank

Instagram: @northtexasfoodbank

– Use Hashtags like #NTFB, #CannedFoodDrive or #FightHunger.

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