How to Start a Community Food Drive



Host Your Own Food Drive!

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

Register your Community Food Drive by filling out the form below. 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. For example, 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 may decorate boxes as collection bins with colorful flyers or wrapping paper. By coordinating a delivery of your donations to Hawaii Foodbank, you are helping us save on transportation and labor costs. However, if you have more boxes than you can accommodate in your vehicle, please call our dispatch at 954-7862 to schedule a pickup of your donations. Donations are scheduled based on driver availability and can be scheduled up to 2 weeks prior to the end of your food drive. Hawaii Foodbank will send a letter of acknowledgement per organization based on the contact information provided, however individual receipts can be requested when registering your food drive.



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? Contact us at:


Email: fooddrive@hawaiifoodbank.org
Phone: (808) 954-7867

Food Expiration Policy

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