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Coordinator Resources

Resources & Tips for a Successful Food Drive

Through the generous support of organizations like yours, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides free emergency goods and services to 150,000 men, women and children each month. Below you will find some suggestions to help you in your efforts along with recommended items for donation.


  • Decorate your barrels (please make sure items are easily removed)
  • Designate a coordinator at each location as the contact for the food drive
  • Create a display board or thermometer to track your progress


  • Promote your food drive with posters and flyers
  • Share on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
  • Send e-mail reminders to relevant staff or clients


  • Host a bake sale
  • Offer casual dress day for employees that make a $10 donation
  • Auction off a special parking spot for a week or month
  • Raffle donated items to raise money (raffle tickets can be purchased with canned food)
  • Charge canned food for admission to special events such as a community pool party or ice cream social
  • Organize a chili cook-off and sell tickets to tasters
  • Host inter-company/department competitions for the most food collected
  • Have theme days such as Macaroni Monday, Tuna Tuesday, etc.
  • Build a sculpture of cans: divide into teams to create sculptures with canned food
  • Put loose change jars in high traffic areas
  • Set up your Agency’s team page on online (see coordinator manual for instructions) and distribute link to family, friends and employees via email, social media or physical posting

Recommended Items for Donation

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food (dry and/or canned)
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Soup

The best types of food donations are non-perishable, highly nutritious, low-sugar and low-sodium. Open packages, open cans, open bottles or home-canned foods cannot be accepted.

Email Templates

Use the following e-mail templates to send to employees. Feel free to personalize them with your agency name, event or contact information.

Download and Print the 2019 Poster

Food Drive poster thumbnail


Letter from Blake Young

Right-click and choose "Save link as..." to save the poster on your computer (5.9 MB JPG, 24"x36", 150dpi)

Important Dates

  • September 9 -24: Designate your agency coordinator and advise Peggy Marshall
  • October 3: SEFD Orientation 2:00pm – 4:00pm, CDFA Auditorium: 1220 N Street
  • October 14 – November 4: Barrel delivery
  • November 4: Food Drive begins
  • Thursday November 21: SFBFS Turkey Drive
  • November 28: Run to Feed the Hungry / Thanksgiving Day
  • December 14, 19 & 20: SEFD Volunteer days
  • January 10: Food Drive ends
  • January 13 – January 31: Final Barrel pick-ups
  • February 7: Final day to turn in Food drive Credit
  • February 14: Totals, awards & thanks video post