More November 17, 2009

Tips for holding a food drive

Greetings from the Windermere Foundation,

Last week I talked about coats. This week it’s food. Millions of children are in need of this most basic necessity.

17 million children – more than one in five across the United States – were living in households in which food at times ran short, according to a recent article in The Seattle Times. And the number of children who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million.

You can help by holding a food drive.

Want to hold a food drive? Some tips:

1. Set the date, the goal and the collection location. Determine where and when your drive will take place. Motivate your group by having a goal such as the number of pounds of food or the number of boxes filled. Remember to bring boxes!

2. Contact a local food bank you will be giving the food to and find out what they are in need of most. They may have materials you can post at your office and neighboring businesses.

3. Spread the word about your food drive to friends and family. Try to get creative with fun ideas and reminders.

If your office is holding a food drive, be sure to list it in the comments!
Several Windermere offices are holding food drives to help families fill their cupboards and bellies this holiday season – and beyond including Seattle – Green Lake, Services Company and Services – Marketing and Technology.

Christine Wood

Seattle Times link:
Image courtesy of the Clayton office Community Service Day food drive.