Food Drives

How to Host a Food Drive

We ask that you contact us when planning for your food drive so that we can help to make it as easy and convenient as possible. Click here to download our Food Drive contact form, and see below for a list of ideas and support collateral.

Please Call Bonnie Dion at 519-622-6550 ext 112 to set up a food drive or email me at

Arrange Transportation

When your boxes are full or your food drive has ended, please feel free to drop the boxes off at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank warehouse between 12 noon and 4 pm Monday and Tuesday or 9 am and 4 pm Wednesday through Friday. If the warehouse is not convenient, we can provide you with a list of year ‘round drop off sites for your convenience.
Make sure you call first to let them know you are coming. JT at 519-622-6550 ext. 105 or E-mail him at
If you find you will need us to pick up your food, please call or email JT in advance so that we may schedule your pick up. When you submit your request please tell us the following information:

  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number
  • Address of pick up site
  • Any special directions to help the driver locate the food
  • How much food is there to be picked up? It must be boxed for us to pick it up, so please tell us how many boxes are ready.
  • Hours of business during which we can pick up the food.

Collateral Materials

  • Food Drive online Form
  • Food Drive Poster – they will upload
  • Most Needed Items List – they will upload
  • Facts about the CSHFB – they will upload
  • Food Drive Ideas – they will upload

Food Drive Ideas

Visible Goals

Create a “thermometer” or chart to track the progress of your event’s fund raising and food donation goals.


Create competitions between classrooms, departments, groups or floors to see who will collect the most donations.  Use number of items donated to determine the winner.  Make sure the winners get a special prize for their winning donation!

Company Matches

Encourage your company to match your cash donation.  Speak to your company management or Human Resource Department about a financial match program.

The Big Dare

Who wouldn’t want to see their boss or principal hit with a pie in the face?  How about seeing your favorite coach get his/ her head shaved?

Preferred Food Items

Utilize the  Most needed Items list and designate “items of the day” for people to donate each day.

Donation Bags

Plastic or paper bags are distributed to participants to take home and return it full of food.  Include a Most needed Items in the bags as a reminder of the items needed.

Special Events

You can partner your food drive with a special event, using four or more cans of food as a full or reduced admission.

House Party

Does someone at your business, school or church have a spectacular home or great view of the city?  Consider hosting a party with admission donations benefiting the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

Donation Envelopes

Distribute envelopes to employees, students or congregation members with instructions on making a cash donation to benefit the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.


Ideas include bake sales, car washes, breakfasts, lunches or concerts.

Church Collection

Encourage your congregation to request an offering with donations to benefit the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  The special offering could also be in the form of donated food.

Raffles or Auctions

Collect prizes to raffle or auction. Examples of prizes might include movie tickets, hotel packages, plane tickets, or donated artwork.

Loose Change

Have a “loose change” bin sitting at your company’s cafeteria or break room.  As employees eat lunch they can put their loose change in the collection bin to be donate to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

Penny Wars

Find large glass jars, place in rooms and have a race to see who can fill up their jars with pennies.  Adding bills to an opposing team’s jar requires them to subtract money from their total amount (if you put in a $5 bill, the other team takes $5 off their total).

Jeans Day

For the right price let the staff wear jeans one day!

Hunger Fast

Encourage your group to skip one meal, giving what money they would have spent on the skipped meal to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

Incentive Programs

Work with organizations in your community to establish food drive incentive programs.  For example, if a person donates $25 to your event then they receive a “buy one, get one free” movie coupon or a discounted purchase at a local business.