This Years’ Goal is 3.5 million meals
Raising food and funds for Second Harvest is a great way to build morale and foster teamwork while helping the less fortunate in our community. You can even use a campaign to cultivate a little friendly competition amongst co-workers. Become a volunteer fundraiser today and feed those experiencing hunger tomorrow.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:
Thank you for attending the Kick-Off Luncheon! – Holiday Food Drive Co-Chairs Ken Kannappan (CEO Plantronics) and Sarah Latham (UCSC Vice Chancellor of Business & Administrative Services) spoke at the Kick-Off Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. Even if you did not get a chance to attend you can still host your own Food or Fund Drive and make Good Things Happen! Simply fill out your participation form and get started.
- Participate – Start your Food and Fund Drive here. Fill out the short registration form, find out how to create an online fundraising page and/or request promotional materials. (Downloadable Food Drive Kit)
- Virtual Fund Drive (Stayclassy)
- Spread The Word – Make a plan and spread the word! Challenge your friends and family, co-workers, students, or members to exceed your goals. Most needed foods flyer Most needed foods quarter page flyer
- Get Creative-Make it fun! Here are some great examples of successful campaigns.
- Celebrate – Share the impact of your drive to let participants know that every $1 helped! Each year in March Second Harvest hosts an Annual Awards Dinner to recognize those groups and individuals who participated in the Holiday Food Drive. It is a great opportunity to celebrate together the efforts of everyone who donated their time and talents to make good things happen! Food Bank Fact: $1 provides 4 meals!
Does hosting a drive really make a difference? Yes! Your fundraising efforts will provide 4 meals for every $1 you collect. Let’s say you send out a few emails, post your drive on Facebook, and tweet a few hunger stats. If 20 people give just $25, that’s $500. You’ve raised enough to provide a family of 4 enough food for 6 months! Your efforts have a real impact! Who can host a drive? Anyone! Raising funds and collecting food is rewarding. Become one of the thousands of people who fundraise on behalf of Second Harvest. Host a drive for your company, school, congregation, club, or neighborhood. You can also host a drive among your family and friends! Selecting dates: First, decide on dates for your food drive. Food drives can run as little as two hours or for up to two months. Some donors even collect food and money year round. The average drive is usually about two to three weeks. Choosing your locations: Larger organizations with multiple locations may want to recruit someone at each site to help manage donations. Select high-traffic areas where the barrels and signage will be noticeable and convenient for the donors. Be sure to consider safety and security issues when choosing your locations. Setting Goals: Setting a goal is a good way to motivate your donors and it provides a sense of accomplishment at the end of your drive. For every 1.25 pounds of food you collect, you will be credited one meal. For every dollar you raise, you will be credited four meals. Another great way to motivate participants is to set a goal per individual. Then multiply that by the number of participants to determine your final goal. There is an award presented at our Annual Dinner for the most meals per student/employee. Determining how many barrels you will need: One barrel holds an average of 125 pounds of food. A good way to estimate the number of barrels you need is by dividing your goal by 125. This will tell you how many barrels would be needed to hold the amount of pounds you are trying to collect. If your focus is on raising funds, fewer barrels may be needed. Scheduling delivery and pick-up: Once you have planned your drive, you should contact Second Harvest to arrange for delivery of barrels, donation envelopes, bags and other supplies you may need to conduct your drive. Second Harvest can deliver supplies Monday- Friday 8-3pm if your drive falls on a weekend the barrels and supplies will be delivered the Friday before and picked up the following Monday. Please include any special instructions (business hours, gate codes, department, suite number, etc…). All changes to pick ups or deliveries must be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled pick up or delivery date. What if my drive isn’t going well? We are here to help! Our experienced staff will help get your drive back on track. Just contact us and we will share the best ways to get your group motivated and inspired. Email email@example.com or call 831.722.7110. When is the best time to host a drive? Today! Register to host a drive today to build camaraderie within your organization, rally your friends through meaningful action, and connect with your community.