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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.

Tie it all together by using our custom email signature block when communicating with your network. Link the image to your personal fundraising page, so your supporters always have an easy way to take action!

Email Signature Image

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:

  • On average, Second Harvest serves nearly 253,000 people every month, and nearly 89,000 of them are kids.
  • 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties rely on food from Second Harvest Food Bank each month.
  • Second Harvest provides the equivalent of more than 1 million meals every week. More than half the food we distribute is fresh produce, more than any other food bank in the nation.
  • It takes at least $82,000 per year for a family of four to pay its bills and put food on the table in Silicon Valley.
  • In Silicon Valley, 1 in 3 kids is at risk for hunger.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 households in Silicon Valley doesn't earn enough to pay rent and put food on the table.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank can turn $50 into 100 healthy meals.
  • 95 cents of every dollar received, goes directly to programs that feed people in need.
  • The Public Policy Institute of California, which calculates poverty rates taking into account cost of living, estimates that 20 percent of children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties are living in poverty.
  • For the 10th year in a row, Second Harvest has received Charity Navigator's four-star rating, placing it in the top 1 percent of nonprofits nationwide, and is one of the only nonprofits in the country to earn a perfect score of 100 for financial stability, accountability, and transparency.

 

Social Media

 

Follow us on Facebook and join our Food Drive Coordinators Facebook Group for fresh content, sample posts, and ideas to share with your group! You'll also get to connect with other Food and Fund Drive Coordinators to find out works for them, inspirational ideas, and more. Spreading the word is key to success — the more people you tell, the more supporters you'll have working towards your goal.

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)

 

Donation envelopes (25 per pack) are available for individual participants to collect monetary donations.

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.

 

About Childhood Hunger

 

Learn about childhood hunger in your local neighborhood.

Stand Up For Kids information