Any time of the year including HOLIDAYS
One of the most successful forms of food drives is store front drives. This drive is suited for Girl and Boy scouts, brownie and cub scouts, key clubs, little league, PTA’s, Mothers clubs, school organizations and families who wish to introduce children to helping others who are less fortunate. Also, students that need to complete community service projects.
The store front promotion starts by selecting a supermarket in your neighborhood (preferably the one that Mom or Dad shops at). Ask to speak with the manager about a Saturday or Sunday date in mind, and ask if you would be able to do a food drive in front of the store on X date from X time example, August 1st, from 11-3pm. Mention the local cause such as girl scouts of Long Island in conjunction with Island Harvest are doing this drive to help those in need in our community.
Once that is established, you divide up your group into two (2) parts. You will need two or three at the entrance handing out a coupon size information piece that asks for shoppers to donate non-perishable foods as they leave the store. It would ID the local organization that is doing the drive in conjunction with Island Harvest. It would also list the types of food we are looking for.
The second group would be at the exit collecting and counting the number of items and also boxing the items that have been donated. Note: the boxes should weigh no more than 40 lbs for easy transportation and they should be secured before you start the drive. Boxes can be obtained in liquor stores, office supply stores or your own job location (copy paper boxes). Also a couple of shopping baskets to place the food in. You will also have shoppers who will donate money in lieu of can goods so bring a piggy bank or bucket to store the money in.
Island Harvest can help you make your drive a success by providing:
- A sample coupon to hand out at the entrance
- A banner to hang up
- A container to put money into
- A thank you letter to the group(s) leader
- We can also send out copies to teachers for those who need community service