How to Start a Community Food Drive

Host Your Own Food Drive!


(Oahu Only) Please note if you are on a neighbor island, call the Hawaii Foodbank for appropriate contact information.

Many types of organizations, from businesses to churches, schools to clubs, can help by hosting a Food Drive. Please read through the following information to help you in planning your Food & Fund Drive to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

Register your Community Food Drive

Fill out and email the Holiday Event Registration form included in the Community Food Drive Packet to fooddrive@hawaiifoodbank.org or fax to 836-2272 Attn: KIM. Be sure to fill it out completely so that we can properly assist and credit you for your generous donation! 

Get Support

Confirm approval from the President, C.E.O. or Board President to participate in the Food Drive. Designate a contact person at your organization.Plan for frequent communication between coordinator and Hawaii Foodbank. 

Set Specific Dates & Goals

Determine the time frame and the location for your collections that would be most effective in maximizing participation. Establish an overall goal for the company and/or individual goal for the employees such as: 10 pounds per person or $10 per person is a great way to start! 

Generate Enthusiasm & Participation

Advertise information throughout your community and/or organization to raise involvement early in the process, by using flyers, email notices, newsletters or the top five most wanted flyer. Talk it up! The grapevine is an excellent way to get the word out. Be creative! Friendly competition among departments or other store locations. 

Arrange Collection & Drop-off

Arrange an area that is visible in your office for your Food & Fund Drive. You might decorate boxes as collections bins with colorful flyers or wrapping paper. Recruit fellow employees and company vehicles to drop off your food. If you cannot transport your donations to our warehouse, please call dispatch to arrange for pick up at 836-1972. To ensure proper acknowledgement, place a donation sheet on EVERY box. Unless otherwise instructed, the Hawaii Foodbank will send only one letter of acknowledgement per organization.

We will gladly assist you with the planning of your successful Food Drive!

Step-By-Step to Host a Neighborhood Food Drive

Questions about the community food drive? Please Contact:

Kim Bartenstein, food drive manager
Email: fooddrive@hawaiifoodbank.org
Phone: (808) 954-7870

Food Expiration Policy

Questions about what are acceptable to donate? Click HERE for the shelf life reference guide.

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