Organize a Food Drive

You can participate in the Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign by organizing a local food drive. Making a global impact starts through local volunteer opportunities that help those in your own community who don’t have enough to eat. Below, find steps for getting started.

Work with a local food pantry.

Find a food pantry, food bank or other organization in your community that accepts food donations. Be sure to find out about specific requirements, such as the types of food to collect.

Find a location for your food drive.

Contact places such as schools, community centers or places of worship, and find out if you can hold your food drive at one of these locations.

Engage community members.

Enlist the help of your nearby Leo club, as well as friends, coworkers, neighbors, business owners and community leaders.

Promote your food drive.

Let people know about the food drive by making an announcement on your club’s website or Facebook page; placing flyers and posters in highly visible places around town; putting an ad in your newspaper about the drive; and sending out emails. Make sure to include the time, location and other specifics about the food drive, such as what types of food you’ll be collecting.

Collect food for the hungry.

Set a goal for how many cans or pounds of food you want to collect, and start collecting! Hold the food drive for a few consecutive days in order to collect as much as food as you can. Collect only non-perishable items, such as:

  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Canned soups
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Dried pasta and jarred pasta sauce
  • Tuna and other canned meat

Deliver your food.

Schedule a time to drop off your collected food items to the organization your club is working with. Your food can then be distributed to families in need of food.

Find more information on the Relieving the Hunger campaign.

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