Host a Successful Food Drive

Fisherman's Mark Farm Stand

Important Facts About Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is defined as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. In other words, food insecurity exists when you don’t have enough money to buy the food you need. The USDA estimates that in 2019, over 700,000 people in New Jersey were food insecure. Of them, nearly 200,000 were children. Parents skip meals so that they can feed their children. Seniors must choose between food and medicine. Students have to decide between eating and their education. Federal assistance is limited and doesn’t cover the cost of needed items like diapers. However, hunger is solvable if we work together.

Our Free MARKet

Fisherman’s Mark Free MARKet offers a variety of healthy food items and personal hygiene products to our clients. Much of our food pantry stock comes from generous donors like you. 

Businesses, individuals, schools, churches and groups can all host successful food drives. You’ll find the steps to take below, or download our Toolkit here. Please let us know how we can support you in your efforts. We are here to help!

Make your drive a success





Determine which items you’ll be asking for

Decide who you’ll contact by email and which social media and community websites you’ll use

Choose your drop off location (church, school, home, community location) and start and end dates

Announce your drive via email, social media, community calendars, websites, etc.

Call your friends, relatives and colleagues and recruit their help and donations

Leave flyers with supportive businesses and organizations

Bring crates, bags, etc. for storage of donated items

Store donations until they have all been collected, or you can deliver them to the food pantry as they come in

Track items as they  come in and make a list of donors who may want a receipt for tax purposes

Pack up your items and deliver them to the free MARKet

Unload the donated items with the help of our staff and volunteers

Feel good knowing that you made a difference and are helping where help is needed!

Download our Food Drive Toolkit here.

Your donation is tax-deductible

Fisherman’s Mark is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible. We can provide a receipt for donations for your records.

Our Supporters Rock!

Thank you for considering what it takes to lead a drive. If you have questions you’d like to discuss before you make up your mind, call our administrative office. We are here to help in any way we can!

Fisherman's Mark Food Pantry