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Food & Fund
Drive Supplies

Food collection barrels, promo cards, and flyers, just to name a few

Email

Email
Templates

Build inspirational emails with these ideas

Social

Social
Media

Join our Facebook group for fresh, shareable content

Most Needed

Most-Needed
Foods

Highly nutritious foods specifically needed at the Food Bank

Recipes

Recipes for
Success

Fun and creative ways to get your organization involved

Childhood Hunger

About Local
Childhood Hunger

Kickstart your drive by connecting your group to the cause

 

Email Templates

 

Our most successful food drives usually have one thing in common: coordinators reach out to their network regularly.

Send an inspiring introduction email,
an eye-opening progress update,
and wrap up with a celebratory thank you.

Looking for additional motivational pieces to include in your emails and more? Here are some key facts and statistics that will help connect your group to our mission of building a hunger-free community:

  • Second Harvest provides food to more than 257,000 people each month — more than ever before.
  • Over the past ten years, Second Harvest has seen:
    • A 46% increase in people served.
    • A 93% increase in pounds distributed.
    • A 105% increase in meals distributed per day.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive some of their food from Second Harvest. This includes nearly 89,000 kids and nearly 57,000 seniors who rely on Second Harvest to get the nutritious food they need.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank is one of only a few food banks in the country to adopt a Healthy Food and Beverage Policy to increase the amount of nutrient-rich foods we provide to the people we serve, and decrease unhealthy items like candy and beverages that contain sugar.
  • Second Harvest has two Food Pharmacies at free clinics in Redwood City and San Mateo where diabetes patients can fill "prescriptions" for healthy food and receive nutrition education to help them eat healthier.
  • $1 provides nearly $3 worth of food at a local grocery store.
  • Every $1 donated provides 2 healthy meals.
  • 95¢ of every dollar donated goes to programs.
  • For the eleventh year in a row, Second Harvest has received Charity Navigator's four-star rating for financial stability, accountability, and transparency — exceeding industry standards.

 

Social Media

 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag us in your posts!

Looking for ideas or inspiration for your food drive? Join our Food Drive Coordinators Facebook Group for fresh content, sample posts, and ideas to share with your group! Don’t forget to let everyone know where and how to make a donation on your social media pages. The more touch points and reminders you give, the more successful your drive will be!

Let your customers or employees know where and how to make a donation on your social media pages. The more touch points and reminders you give, the more successful your drive will be!

 

Food and Fund Drive Supplies

 

Need additional supplies? Contact drives@shfb.org and let us know what you would like.

Posters
(Bundled in 3)

Promotional Cards
(Bundled in 25)

 

Need a customizable flyer? Add your group's information and spread the word about your Food and Fund Drive.

 

Recipes for Success

 

Handbook

Looking for ideas? Take a look at our Food and Fund Drive Recipe Handbook for fun and creative ways to help us end local hunger.

 

Most-Needed Foods

 

The Food Bank accepts all non-perishable food donations, but especially needs these nutritious items:

  • Canned tuna, chicken or salmon
  • Peanut butter
  • Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit in its own juice or water
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Low-sugar whole grain cereals
  • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)

Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or sugar-sweetened drinks.