To make your food drive a success, consider these tips

Whether in a big city, a modest suburb or small rural town, your church is part of the community. Of course you serve your members, but your positive impact goes beyond the building's walls. You want to help the people of the community and one of the best ways you can do that is by supporting your local food shelf.

As seasons shift and the holidays approach, people depend more on food shelves. Having plentiful supplies help food shelves provide all the necessities for those in need. Whether it's a parent who struggles to feed their kids breakfast so they can focus better at school, or a family who wants to host a holiday celebration but lacks the funds to do so, food shelves are there to assist.

With the increase in demand, food shelves need an influx of donated items. This is where your church can make a difference. By hosting a food drive, you invite your members to donate pantry staples. While one member may only be able to donate a few items, it's the collective power of everyone donating that makes a big impact!

To make your food drive a success, consider the following tips:

Choose a partner and timeline: Decide which organization your food drive will benefit and a time period for collecting items. It could be a few weeks or an entire month. Consider aligning your drive with high church attendance times and promote it while faith formation/Sunday school classes are in session.

Feed the Need program: Partner with Lifetouch to produce your next directory during your food drive. Lifetouch donates a fixed amount per photography session: $1 per sit ($2 during certain times of the year). Additionally, to encourage donations, Lifetouch will provide a $5 off photography coupon to every family that donates to the drive. 

Provide ideas: While every item donated is appreciated, some types of food are in high demand. This is often protein items like peanut butter and canned fish/meat, grains like cereal and rice, and even personal hygiene items like shampoo and toothpaste. Ask the food shelf you're partnering with for ideas on which items they need most and include those items on posters and during sermon announcements.

Promote: Set out a table advertising the food drive in a commons area or other high-foot-traffic space. Hang posters throughout the building and include the message in church bulletins, on social media and email newsletters. Set a measurable goal and keep members informed of progress, which motivates and builds excitement.

A food drive is a wonderful activity for church members to help the community at large. It's a simple way for everyone to make a difference by coming together to collect the items needed most at your local food shelf.

To learn more about Lifetouch and our Feed the Need program, contact us today.


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September 13, 2018