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Host A Food Drive!

How to Host a Successful Food/Fund Drive:


MODEL 1: A SINGLE LOCATION DRIVE

WHEN:

Food/Fund Drives are most successful when coupled with an event, such as a party or group gathering. Birthday parties, outside of a church service, a bat mitzvah parties, a seasonal sale event at a store or business are great times to engage people.

THEME:

Our Healthy Food Drive list is included in this packet, but, feel free to have fun and get creative! A PB & J Drive, A Canned Soup Drive, A Fill-A-Truck Drive, A Vegan-Friendly Drive; make it relatable to you and your event’s theme, while keeping health and wellness in mind.  Remind people that cash donations are welcomed and even preferred because we make the cash go further – providing 10 pounds of food for only $2.00.

GOAL:

Set a goal to help motivate and challenge participation; Let’s fill 10 bins; Let’s collect 1,000 food items, Let’s fill a truck by raising $450. *Contacting your local food stores and asking them for donations is a great way to get a head start on reaching your goal

PARTNER:

Contact us to register your event and set up your drop off.  Best times for receiving donations at 37 S. Main St. Lambertville NJ:   Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 12:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Tuesday/ Thursday 9:00am- 2:00pm

PROMOTE:

Once you have identified when, where, what; create a flyer/ invitation. Social media is a great, fast way to spread the word. Create a write up with visuals and share via the web. Be sure to TAG Fisherman’s Mark so we can share your event too and ask friends, colleges, family to share your event as well. Give enough time for folks to mark their calendars and collect donations -a minimum of 2 weeks is suggested.

MATERIALS:

At your event make sure you have well-marked collection receptacles for donations, keep in mind that they will get heavy so have a plan ahead. Informative materials regarding Fisherman’s Mark and upcoming events are included in this packet and can be printed for display and/ or distribution to help your audience understand and learn more about the organization that you have chosen to support.

WRAP UP:

Deliver your donation! Be sure to take pictures during your event to share and thank those who participated in reaching your goal. Posting on social media and tagging Fisherman’s Mark is a great way to reach a larger audience. Sending letters of thanks or even publishing a newspaper article are also great ways to let the community know about your efforts and success.


MODEL 2: A PORCH FOOD DRIVE

  • Decide when you will host your food drive.
  • Choose a theme and establish a goal (see Theme section above for ideas)
  • Contact Fisherman’s Mark to register your Porch Food Drive and coordinate delivery of your donation. (See above for best times)
  • Assemble your Food Drive Kit:
    • Invite Letter *sample letter included
    • Non-Perishable Food Item List *Health Food Drive list included Grocery Bag
  • Distribute your Food Drive Kit to friends and neighbors that you wish to solicit donations from. Be sure you give folks enough time between your invitation and when you plan to collect – 1-2 weeks recommended.
  • Collect your donations! Creating a thank you letter or card and delivering at the same time you collect our donations is a great way to save time and reinforce your appreciation with your participants.
  • Deliver your donation to Fisherman’s Mark. *Taking pictures during the collection and/ or delivery process and posting a thank you on social media is another great way to thank your participants and inspire other people; be sure to TAG Fisherman’s Mark so we can share your efforts with the community.

The staff of Fisherman’s Mark is here to support you and we thank you on behalf of the community who benefit from your generosity. If you should have any questions throughout this process, please call 609-397-0194 and we will do our best to guide you.