Organize Canned Food Drive

Thank you for your interest in helping The Foodbank and our neighbors.

Last year, 16 million pounds of food was distributed to hungry people in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. That provided more than 36,000 meals each day! Thank you for helping us to help people in need.

We want to do a food drive!

Before you start please contact The Foodbank to discuss the dates and times of your food drive. If you filled out a canned food drive form online and have not yet been contacted, call The Foodbank at (937) 461-0265 ext 14 or  send us an email.

*At least 48 business hours’ notice is needed to schedule pick ups and drop offs of food drive barrels.

Online Canned Food Drive Participation Form

You may want to consider the following:

  1. Tour The Foodbank. Call and arrange a tour of The Foodbank. Find out more about hunger and how The Foodbank is providing a solution to end hunger.
  2. Develop a Collection System. Sturdy boxes or bins work well. Place in well-traveled areas, entrances, exits and break rooms. Consider decorating the boxes to capture the interest of the passerby. Include all collection areas in your publicity information. The Foodbank has labels with its logo available.
  3. Organize Cash Donations. People who want to contribute may forget to bring canned goods. Accepting cash donations is a way for everyone to be involved in your event. Appoint a specific individual to handle the collection of funds. When turning funds into The Foodbank, please identify those donations which require receipts or acknowledgement.
  4. Publicize results of the drive as it progresses. For example, “The Human Resources Department seems to be leading the way. They’ve filled five boxes and have 100% participation.”
  5. Getting your donation to The Foodbank. At the end of the drive your collection of food may be dropped off at The Foodbank, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 am and 1:00 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. Please call to let us know when you are coming. Lunch appointments for drop off can be arranged in advance.
  6. Please note: The Foodbank observes all Federal Holidays. If you have any questions call Jamie Robinson (937) 461-0265 ext. 14.

Publicize Your Food Drive

The success of your drive will depend on how well you get the word out. Here are some tips to make it easier.

Make sure to include the following information in your publicity materials:

  • Theme of the food drive
  • Dates of the food drive
  • Location of collection sites
  • The phrase “All non-perishable foods accepted.”
  • Name, logo and brief description of The Foodbank – use information from website. Contact The Foodbank if you need any print (brochures) or logo materials.

Develop a fun slogan and theme for your food drive.
Here are a few examples:

  • Allow casual dress for those donating food.
  • Hold a carry-in lunch where admission is cans of food.
  • Provide each employee with an empty bag to fill and return.
  • Hold an intra- or inter-company competition with prizes for most food collected.
  • Hold a raffle. Tickets are acquired with food or cash donations.
  • Ask your company to match donated food (i.e., for each 100 lbs. collected, the company will donate a $100).

Design marketing materials including: flyers, posters, banners for lunch/break rooms, articles for your newsletter, interoffice memo or email, paycheck inserts, and a news release. At the end of the drive, it is always important to let everyone know how much food was collected and thank them for their participation.

Types of Food Needed

All non-perishable foods can be utilized. The Foodbank is most in need of:

Basic Foods

  • Hearty Soups
  • Stews (Beef, Chicken and Dumplings)
  • Chili
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Macaroni and Cheese

Meat/High Protein Group

  • Canned meats: ham, chicken, meat spreads
  • Canned fish including tuna, salmon, sardines, other fish
  • Nuts, and seeds
  • Rice and Beans

Dairy Group

  • Evaporated milk
  • Powdered milk
  • Puddings & custards

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Canned fruits: peaches, pears, pineapples, applesauce, fruit cocktail
  • Canned juices: apple, cranberry, tomato and vegetable
  • Canned vegetables: green beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, potatoes

Breads, Cereals & Pasta

  • Hot and cold breakfast cereals, including oatmeal and cream of wheat
  • Baking mixes: pancake, corn bread, cake mixes/icing, quick breads
  • Pastas and canned sauces

Other items

Pet Food (yes, needy families have pets too!)

  • Cat and dog dry and canned food

Non-food Household products

  • Paper – toilet, tissues and towels
  • Soap – Bar and liquid
  • NOTE: Must be boxed and stored separately from all food items