If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one - Mother Teresa
More than 42 million Americans, including 1 in 6 children, struggle with food insecurity each day. Hunger exists in every state, county, and small town in the United States. Food banks, like VISTO, rely on the donations they receive from food drives to help keep their shelves stocked.
Food drives are also a great way to raise awareness about hunger and can inspire others to take action.
VISTO has received over 100,000 pounds of food last year thanks, in large part, to ordinary people like you who recognized the urgency of the problem and decided to take action.
We need your support to continue providing meals for our neighbors in need.
Thank you for having a food drive to help end hunger in our community....
Food Drives: Keys to Success
Offering an incentive or a prize to donors can help create energy and excitement about your food drive. Holding a food drive at a school? Reward the class who collects the most with a pizza party.
Don’t hold the event in the middle of nowhere; go where the people are. Grocery stores, gyms, libraries, schools, and offices are all great food drive locations.
Let’s face it: everything is easier with a little help. Ask family members, friends, colleagues, and classmates to help spread the word and to lend a hand on the day of the event.
Stop by your local grocery store and let them know that you are collecting food for the local food bank. Do they have any non-perishable items that they could donate?
Some of our Favorite Food Drives
Girl Scout Troop #8588 sold 72 boxes of cookies and donated them to VISTO! Thanks girls for your hard work!
Gainesville FFA donated over 50 lbs of toiletries -a need we often take for granted.
Thank you Cigna for 70 lbs of supplemental Backpack Buddy food. Pictured is Terri Palomino, a Comm. Outreach Specialist.
Are you doubting yourself?
We get it: planning a food drive can seem intimidating at first. But if you're looking for inspiration you've come to the right place. Check out the story below.
Instead if asking for toys for his 7th and 8th birthdays, Kiernan Gilbert asked his friends to bring parishable food to his birthday party and he donated all of it to VISTO!!
Between both birthdays, Kiernan donated over 175 pounds of food to VISTO. Thank you Kiernan for being such a great example to all of us!