School Food Drives

North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry

ORGANIZING YOUR FOOD DRIVE

Why choose North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry (NHIFP) as your next community service project?

In the last year the number of people coming to NHIFP for food has almost doubled. Thus far in 2011, we are giving out more than 500 bags of food per week. With an increasing need for large food donations on a weekly basis and an increasing desire from people like yourself who are looking for meaningful ways to get their organizations involved - NHIFP is a perfect match!

NHIFP Wish List:

To start with you would need to collect brown bags. Each double bag contains the following non-perishable items:

Canned or packaged soups
Cereal
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Protein
Rice
Canned or packaged beans

No glass jars please!

Quick math will show you that to reach our weekly 500+ bags, your group would need to collect 3,500 items

Tips for A Successful Drive

• Decide whether your drive will include collection and packing or collection only. Set a goal for the number of bags to be collected.
• Select collection and packing dates. Pre-holiday drives are successful. One week drives are recommended.
• Select location: Collecting from carpool lines at schools is ideal. For organizations, place boxes in a visible area, i.e. near break rooms, copiers, and fax machines. Designate a storage site for collected goods.
• Obtain approval for project and dates.
• Advertise drive on school/organization grounds and in public forums such as school chapel or assembly.
• Staff your drive - have parents (for schools)/division leaders (for organizations) supervise the project.
• Create a schedule and sample display. Post schedule and place display at the collection site.
• Collection boxes - make ‘em colorful! Also, NHIFP also has a limited supply of collapsible cardboards containers that are available on a first come first serve basis. See photo.
• Transport food to your storage site on a daily basis. Sort and count food to determine items still needed.
• Update the community daily on items still needed to meet your goal.
• Allow daily collections for one week. This builds enthusiasm and momentum. It will also allow you to gauge quantity

Please contact us for a copy of our brochure titled: Running A Successful School Food Drive