Food & Fund Drive FAQ
Thanks for your interest in hosting a Food and Fund Drive!
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. Here is a list of frequently asked questions to help you in launching, organizing and running your drive.
Our white food collection bins and brown packing boxes can be picked up at our warehouse at 535 Portwall St. If you would like to schedule a pickup time, please complete our Food & Fund Drive sign-up.
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. – 8:00 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.
Yes! 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 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 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.
*Please note: if you require a receipt with poundage information, please drop off your donation at our Warehouse receiving office located near our loading docks. A receipt will not be provided if dropping off your donation in the Food Bank lobby.
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.
Your donations will make a great impact and go towards our school programs.
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.
Please reference your group/organization on the check or envelope and send all donations via FedEx, mail, or messenger to:
Houston Food Bank
Attn: Donor Services
535 Portwall Street
Please note, if you are sending cash, we recommend that you send it via FedEx or messenger.
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.
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