How to Organize a Food and Funds Drive

Second Harvest of the Big Bend collects millions of pounds of food and thousands of dollars each year through community food and funds drives sponsored by individuals, corporations, clubs, schools and associations. Holding a food and funds drive is a fun and easy way to help feed our hungry neighbors.

Remember – For every $1 donated to Second Harvest we can provide 4 meals to our neighbors struggling with hunger. Consider incorporating a fundraiser into your drive to help feed even more families!

Step One: Register Your Food Drive

Step Two: Review Our Tips for Success

Tips for a successful drive:

  • Announce your food and funds drive! We can help; if your drive is public, Second Harvest is happy to promote your drive via our social media sites. If your drive is private, be sure to get the word out among participants early-on.
  • Prepare your donations for delivery or pick-up by boxing food in medium-sized boxes with Second Harvest food drive labels (download Food Drive label PDF), or Second Harvest- provided collection bins.
  • Keep food and non-food items separate. Collect funds in a sealed envelope, or give online at www.fightinghunger.org.
  • Items we CANNOT accept include rusty or unlabeled products, perishable items, homemade items, alcoholic beverages, open or used items. Many people are surprised to learn that we CAN accept items past the “sell by” or “use by” date!
  • Deliver your donations to the food bank (receiving hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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  • Inform your participants of the total number of pounds, dollars and meals collected.
Frequently Asked Questions: Food Drives

1. What are your critical item needs?
We’re always in need of the “super six” items: canned fruits, vegetables, canned meats (tuna, chicken), cereal, hearty soup/stew, peanut butter.  

2. Where can I drop off my donations?
Donations can be dropped off at our warehouse located at 4446 Entrepot Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32310, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please come in through the west entrance and proceed straight to the loading dock ramp, where your donation will be weighed and you will be provided with a receipt.

3. Can Second Harvest pick up my donation?
We greatly appreciate donations being brought to our facility because it saves us time and money. However, in the event that you cannot, we can schedule a pickup for a minimum of five large boxes (copy paper size boxes or bigger), or two Second Harvest-provided collection bins. Note: Our drivers and truck schedules are completely maximized—please allow at least one week’s advance notice for pickup requests. Pick-ups are normally done on Wednesdays, but this can vary based on driver availability.

4. Who should I contact with food drive related questions?
Thank you for organizing a food drive for our neighbors in need. Please make sure to review the food drive registration form, our tips for success, and most needed items list; if you have additional questions, please contact Shari Hubbard at sharihubbard@fightinghunger.org or 850-562-3033, ext. 211.