Run a food drive

Food and Fund Drives thumbnailHosting a food drive can get your friends, family, co-workers and community involved in the fight against hunger–and help us provide a wider variety of food than we might otherwise have. Learn more about foods we need most.

Before launching a food drive, please consider combining it with a fund drive, too. Here’s why:

If you go to the store and buy food to give to a food drive, every dollar you spend puts only a dollar’s worth of food into the charity food distribution system. But every dollar you give directly to the Food Bank gets multiplied by 10, turning into 4 meals for someone in need.

Whichever method you choose, we appreciate your support!

Next Steps

Ready to host your food drive or fundraiser? Please complete and return this form to get started.

What to collect. High-protein items like peanut butter or beans, low-sodium canned vegetables, and dry goods like rice and pasta are always appreciated.See this list for more most-needed items.

Where to take donations. Donations can be delivered to our warehouse located at 864 West River Center Drive in Comstock Park. (Get directions or print a map) We accept food donations Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please use our “Agency Entrance” on the building’s west side. It’s best to call (616) 784-3250 before coming in to drop off, to make sure someone is available to receive your donation and give you documentation.

Arranging pick-ups. Due to the high costs of fuel and labor, you can save us a lot of money (which means we can provide more meals) by bringing the food to us. However, if this is not possible, we can pick up donations of more than 300 pounds within 20 miles of our Comstock Park warehouse. Call Katie Auwers at (616) 432-6961 to schedule a pickup. (Please note that during the months of November and December, our drivers’ schedules are heavily booked. Please allow at least a week’s notice for pickup. )

Publicizing your drive. When you are ready to host your food drive, the Food Bank can provide posters, brochures, donation boxes, envelopes for cash donations and, in some cases, donation barrels. Of course, we’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. For more information, contact Katie Auwers, our Food Sourcing Specialist at (616) 432-6961 or email katiea@feedingamericawestmichigan.org.