Holding a Food Drive

Holding a food drive for your local food bank is a simple and rewarding process.  With the need as great as ever before, now is the perfect time to hold a food drive.  AAFB has created a simple, 6-Step plan to help you out:
  1. Identify and contact your regional or local food bank.  They will be happy to hear you are considering holding a food drive!
  2. Find out if they have any specific needs in the way of non-perishable food.
  3. Identify, contact and get agreement from "your community" (this may be your faith congregation, service club, fellow employees, neighborhood, school, etc.) to collect food for a pre-determined amount of time.
  4. If you are in a community with several organizations similar to yours, we encourage you to work together and schedule non-competing drives so that your regional or local food bank has an on-going flow of food to help them meet the needs.
  5. Deliver the food to the food bank.
  6. Start over next month!
If holding a food drive is not feasible, considering holding a fund drive and donate the funds to AAFB.  Due to economies of scale, for every $1 you raise, our food banks can purchase 9 pounds of food – which equates to 7 meals!

Non-perishable food Items most needed:
  • Canned Protein: Chicken, Tuna, Chili, Beef Stew, Beans
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables: Tomatoes, Apricots, Peaches, Peas, etc.
  • Enriched Pasta: Spaghetti, Macaroni & Cheese, etc.
  • Peanut Butter
  • Oatmeal & Cereal
  • Dried Fruits & Nuts

What to avoid:
  • Products in glass containers such as spaghetti sauce.  Glass Containers tend to break and make a mess!