How to Donate
Steps to a Successful Food and Funds Drive
1. Set the Tone with Leadership
a. Meet with the leadership of your organization to explain our community’s food needs, and share the importance of the work of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in the area.
b. Ask leaders to sign a letter or send an email of support of your drive to staff.
c. Ask them if the company can make a gift to your drive, or donate prizes for raffles or silent auctions, such as days off work, company tickets to sporting events, etc.
2. Recruit a Planning Committee
a. Recruit a committee member from each department to promote diversity within the committee and to encourage company participation.
b. Host one or more committee meetings to determine the dates of your drive, your company’s goal for fundraising and to plan events that will encourage donations.
c. See below for some Fun Fundraising ideas to get your planning started!
3. Host a Kickoff
a. Let employees know that your food and funds drive is underway!
b. Make an announcement at a staff meeting or hosting a fundraising lunch to kick off your activities.
c. Let your leadership and coworkers know how far their donation will go! Remember that with each $1 donation, the Food Bank can provide up to four meals for those in need in our community.
d. Consider asking a Greater Cleveland Food Bank staff member to speak to your group about the Food Bank and who we serve.
e. Share photos or video from the event with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank via social media. We can reshare images of your good work on our pages. Find us on:
4. Share your Progress and Promote your Upcoming Events
a. Consider tracking your drive progress in a public place to motivate staff to give in order to reach your goal.
b. Create posters, send internal emails, use company newsletters and word of mouth to promote your drive’s events and deadlines.
5. Wrap-Up and Celebrate!
a. Wrap up your drive by announcing your final food and fundraising total.
b. Thank everyone who made a donation to your drive. Remind them that hunger exists throughout the year, and that they are an important part of the solution.
c. Consider planning a trip to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to drop off your donations and to volunteer in our warehouse with your coworkers.
d. Meet with your committee one last time to discuss what about your drive went well, and what areas could use improvement, so that your next drive will be even more successful!
Donation Delivery Information
consider the delivery of your food donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to be
part of your generous contribution, as transportation is a significant expense
for our organization.
An appointment is not
needed to drop off food. We are able to
accept food donations Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-4:00 at our
facility, located at 15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 44110. Please pull around to the back of our building
and up to the first truck door on the right (marked “All Donations”), ring the
bell outside the door and a member of our warehouse staff will be out to assist
you. Our staff will unload and weigh the
items in order to provide you with a receipt for the donation.
Please be prepared to
provide our staff with the organization and contact information for your drive
and/or food donation.
Note: We can only accept
food donations that are non-perishable and directly received by Cleveland
Foodbank Staff. Any items left outside
our building will be disposed of.
If you're interesting in coordinating a food and fund drive, please contact the
Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 216-738-2140 to share plans and to learn about best
practices for organizing a drive. Note: You
must receive permission from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank staff before using the
organization’s name and logo on any event or drive materials.