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Food & Fund Drives

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Food drives are a great way to involve your office, school, club, or congregation in the fight to end hunger. Whether you host a traditional food drive to collect non-perishable goods or hold a virtual food drive to raise funds, you can make a big difference. In fact, donations go further with a virtual drive! By utilizing our wholesale purchasing power and eliminating barrel delivery/pick-up costs, a virtual food drive multiplies your giving.

Below are some ways to host a Food & Funds Drive. 

Host a Barrel

Food drives play a meaningful role in supporting the mission of the Redwood Empire Food Bank . One way you can help is by getting food collection barrels to place at your business, school, congregation, organization, apartment complex, etc. You can host these food collection barrels temporarily or year-round.

Host a Virtual Food Drive

  1. Click here and select the “Create my Own Fundraising Page” to create your own virtual food drive.
  2. Set a goal, write a little bit about yourself and your efforts.
  3. Share your link to your friends, family, and more!

Ding-Dong Donate

This month’s Ding-Dong Donate theme is Spring Into Action! Help collect food donations for those facing hunger in our community by canvassing your neighborhood!

  1. Print out flyers.
  2. Go door to door dropping bags with supplied flyers at your neighbors’ doorsteps. (The bag will have instructions letting people know to fill it with non-perishable foods for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.)
  3. Neighbors will place their filled bag outside their front door. (We suggest giving them at least 24 hours to fill the bag.)
  4. Collect the filled bags and bring them to the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. in Santa Rosa. 

Host a Donation Station

  1. Encourage people to collect funds or fill a couple of bags with non-perishable food.
  2. Ask them to bring donations to the front of “Your Business”.
  3. Set up an area where people can drive-through to drop off their donations.

For tips on hosting a successful food drive, check out our toolkit!

Always thinking about the kids

“We want to thank you for always thinking about the kids during the summer. We got let go from work during this time as we are seasonal workers. You don’t know how much I would feel like I failed my children if you were not here. We especially appreciate how we can pick up the week’s worth of food on one day. Gas is a luxury to us and we don’t have enough to come every day. You were all sent from God for the community, thank you all so much. God bless.”

—Parent at a summer feeding site in Santa Rosa, CA

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