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:
- Identify and contact your regional or local food bank. They will be happy to hear you are considering holding a food drive!
- Find out if they have any specific needs in the way of non-perishable food.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deliver the food to the food bank.
- 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:
What to avoid:
- 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
- Products in glass containers such as spaghetti sauce. Glass Containers tend to break and make a mess!
One Can A Week: A Tucson neighborhood trying to change the world one can of food at a time.
Imagine if every household in Tucson's Miles Neighborhood left a can of food on the porch every Sunday. Would anything change? Would there be less hunger in Tucson? That’s exactly what Peter Norback, a Miles Neighborhood resident and all of his neighbors are hoping to prove.
Every Sunday most of the neighborhood donates at least one can of food which Peter picks up and delivers to the Community Food Bank in Tucson.
Successfully operating for more than a year now, the One Can A Week food donation program is helping to feed hungry families in Tucson in addition to bringing together entire neighborhoods closer in community service and camaraderie.
Learn more about how you and your neighborhood can start your own One Can A Week program.