Food and Fund Drive FAQs
Thanks for your interest in hosting a Food and Fund Drive!
What a great way to increase the supply of food and resources to help those in need! Food drives are welcome throughout the year. Your efforts make an enormous difference in the amount and variety of foods we are able to distribute to feed hungry people in the Houston area.
People usually want to give money if they cannot give food items and that is wonderful! Please encourage monetary donations as well. Due to our positive relationships with food industry donors and our large volunteer base, $1 provides a full day of meals.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions to help you in launching, organizing and running your drive.
How do I register for a Food & Fund Drive?
How do I get bin/boxes for my drive?
How do I schedule a delivery and/or pickup?
Can I drop food off at the Food Bank?
What are needed most items?
Where do my donations go?
Can I donate by cash/check?
How do I get my tax donation receipt?
Q. How do I get bin/boxes for my drive?
A. Our food collection bins and packing boxes can be picked up at our main warehouse at 535 Portwall St. If you would like to schedule a pickup time, please complete our Food Drive Proposal.
Q. How do I schedule a delivery and/or pickup?
A. We appreciate it when food can be dropped off at our warehouse. Food pickup becomes cost prohibitive when we schedule small pickups. We ask that if the amount of food collected is less than that which would fit in the back of a pickup truck, please deliver to us at 535 Portwall St. Our receiving hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please give the Food Bank at least 48-hour notice for pickup requests.
Q. Can I drop food off at the food bank?
A. Yes! Food donations come in all sizes. If you have a few grocery bags or a few small boxes full of food that you'd like to drop off, then you can come to the lobby of the Houston Food Bank. Lobby hours are Mondays, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., and Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. You can also drop food donations in the Red Barrels at your neighborhood grocery store.
Q. What are needed most items?
A. To make sure that your food drive provides the most nutritious food possible, our Nutrition Services Department recommends that you apply these guidelines:
- Use the MyPlate nutrition guide to select nutritious, nonperishable foods. These items are most useful to our member agencies in meeting the nutritional needs of their clients.
- For the safety of those we serve, we do not accept opened items, items with expired dates and homemade items. Please view our Most Needed Items list.
Q. Where do my donations go?
A. Because we receive strong support from donors in the community and the food industry, the Houston Food Bank keeps administrative costs low - less than five cents on the dollar.
Q. Can I donate by cash/check?
A. To assure that all donations are counted toward your team goal, please include your company or team name. Please send all donations via FedEx, mail, or messenger to:
Houston Food Bank
Attn: Food and Fund Drives
535 Portwall Street
Please note, if you are sending cash, we recommend that you send it via FedEx or messenger.
Q. How do I get my tax donation receipt?
A. Individuals who donate online will receive an automated receipt via email. Individuals who send monetary donations to the Houston Food Bank will receive a receipt by mail.