How to Get Started
When you host a Food & Fund Drive, you become a hero to the thousands of people in Southeast Texas who struggle daily with where their next meal will come from. Over the course of a year, we’ll serve more than 865,000 people — but we can't do it without you!
Ready to get started? It's easy as 1-2-3.
Here's all you need to do:
1 – Plan and Register
- Set your goal and theme. Your goal can be in number of pounds, number of boxes or even number of cans collected, as well as money collected. Setting a timeframe helps add energy and a sense of urgency to your drive. Our Food and Fund Drive Kit can also help with theme ideas. Aim high, but be realistic! For fun, consider a competition among departments, groups, floors, buildings, classes, etc.
- Determine the types of food you wish to collect (see our list of most needed items). We request that you promote the collection of nutritious foods. You can also consider hosting a special food drive and focus on collecting one type of food, such as peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish or canned beans.
- Identify your supply needs. Determine the quantity of the following items you will need:
- Containers for collecting food - we provide large collection bins and small packing boxes at no charge (see below for dimensions).
- Money collection canisters for participants who may also want to make a financial donation.
- Register with the Houston Food Bank and pick up supplies
Complete the Food Drive Application Form and submit. For more information, please contact Community Events and Engagement Coordinator, Francis Rios at 832-369-9315.
Bin and box compared to 6 ft-tall man
Bin (20 ½” x 36 ½” )
Box (12” x 13 ½”)
2 - Promote, promote, promote!
- Getting the word out is one of the most important factors in a successful food drive. People must know about it to participate.
- Consider launching the food drive at a special event such as a breakfast, lunch or afternoon cake break.
- Hang up signs, send letters or e-mails to get the word out! Post it on your web site, or in company newsletters or bulletins. Printable signs and posters are available in our Food and Fund Drive Kit.
- Identify or decorate collection containers and place in prominent locations.
- Use our printable tracking poster to keep participants updated about progress.
- Get company or organizational management involved.
- The support of company and organization executives sets a standard for participation to help motivate employees and members. Consider a “matching program” in which your company will match each pound or dollar you collect with its own donation of food or dollars. Incorporate a volunteer component in which company leadership and employees volunteer their time at the Houston Food Bank to sort donated food.
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3 - Transporting the donation
Because transportation is a significant cost for us and very challenging to arrange around our scheduled food deliveries and donation pick-ups, we encourage you to bring your donation directly to the Houston Food Bank. Stop by the lobby first so that we can notify receiving personnel of your arrival.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Warehouse receiving hours:
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday
If you have collected in excess of two standard truckloads of food and are unable to donate the transportation for your food drive, we will make arrangements to pick up your donation as soon as possible, depending on the availability of our transportation department. Monetary donations must be delivered to the Food Bank. Our truck drivers cannot transport financial donations. Please contact Community Events and Engagement Coordinator, Francis Rios at 832-369-9315, to make arrangements regarding transport of your donations.
For smaller food drives, the Houston Food Bank may arrange pick-up with one of our member hunger relief agencies.