Lowcountry Food Bank

7 Easy Steps to a
Successful Food Drive

  1. Plan Ahead:
    • Select a leader or leadership committee to plan the strategy and theme.
    • Determine your drive's length.
    • Contact the Lowcountry Food Bank to notify us of your food drive.
  2. Set a Goal
    • Determine the number of pounds or food items you want to collect; set a goal for each person and multiply this by your total head count.
  3. Promote Your Drive
    • Two weeks before the drive, hang posters, pass out flyers, send interoffice emails or use payroll stuffers with the date(s), who will receive the food and what types of food is needed.
    • Contact the Lowcountry Food Bank for any posters or printed materials.
  4. Build Awareness and Visibility
    • Arrange for a Lowcountry Food Bank speaker to come to your orgnization.
    • Ask us for information on hunger and use it in your newsletter.
    • Promote the food drive on your marquee or outside signage.
  5. Make It Fun & Simple to Participate
    • Be creative and use existing resources! Any type of sturdy box will work (ex: copier paper box) Boxes can be decorated and encourage participation.
    • Place collection containers in convenient, high-traffic areas of your building.
  6. Create Fun Competitions
    • Create categories - largest individual donation, most unusual food, most pounds per department.
    • Themed competitions - "Carolina vs. Clemson", "First Floor vs. Second Floor", "Men vs. Women"
    • Match your employees donations per pound.
    • Give incentives to participate: movie passes, gift certificates, parking spaces, free lunch, casual day, etc.
    • Update employees on the progress of the drive.
  7. Celebrate your success-deliver your food to the Lowcountry Food Bank and watch the pounds add up!!!

 

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7 Easy Steps to a
Successful Food Drive

  1. Plan Ahead:
    • Select a leader or leadership committee to plan the strategy and theme.
    • Determine your drive's length.
    • Contact the Lowcountry Food Bank to notify us of your food drive.
  2. Set a Goal
    • Determine the number of pounds or food items you want to collect; set a goal for each person and multiply this by your total head count.
  3. Promote Your Drive
    • Two weeks before the drive, hang posters, pass out flyers, send interoffice emails or use payroll stuffers with the date(s), who will receive the food and what types of food is needed.
    • Contact the Lowcountry Food Bank for any posters or printed materials.
  4. Build Awareness and Visibility
    • Arrange for a Lowcountry Food Bank speaker to come to your orgnization.
    • Ask us for information on hunger and use it in your newsletter.
    • Promote the food drive on your marquee or outside signage.
  5. Make It Fun & Simple to Participate
    • Be creative and use existing resources! Any type of sturdy box will work (ex: copier paper box) Boxes can be decorated and encourage participation.
    • Place collection containers in convenient, high-traffic areas of your building.
  6. Create Fun Competitions
    • Create categories - largest individual donation, most unusual food, most pounds per department.
    • Themed competitions - "Carolina vs. Clemson", "First Floor vs. Second Floor", "Men vs. Women"
    • Match your employees donations per pound.
    • Give incentives to participate: movie passes, gift certificates, parking spaces, free lunch, casual day, etc.
    • Update employees on the progress of the drive.
  7. Celebrate your success-deliver your food to the Lowcountry Food Bank and watch the pounds add up!!!

 

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Children at Risk of Hunger in Every County

More than 1,000 counties in our nation have more than one in four children at risk of hunger. Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study shows that children struggle with hunger throughout our country.  See what South Carolina's face of hunger looks like by learning more!!

Take Action

Together we can end hunger! Each day the LCFB advocates on behalf of the 220,000 families, children and elderly we serve throughout our 10 county service area. We need your help!  Feeding America's Hunger Action Center is a great way to get involved and please click here for the latest local and statewide efforts.

LCFB Offers SNAP Enrollment Assistance 

The Lowcountry Food Bank is proud to be an affiliate of the Benefit Bank of South Carolina! Our on-site Benefit Bank Counselors assist families with SNAP enrollment and many other federal programs.  To make an appointment and learn more, click here.