Are you thinking about conducting a food drive at your school? The Food Bank would welcome the opportunity to walk you through this easy but very important process.
The Food Bank is located at 461 Glenbrook Road in Stamford. It acts as a hub collecting food from various sources, ensuring its delivery to about 75 agencies and programs throughout lower Fairfield County, some of whose clients are the people profiled below. During 2016, The Food Bank distributed over 1.3 million pounds of food.
Food drives are important because they can produce an enormous supply of quality food. The food collected feeds the clients of The Food Bank's member agencies. I am sure you are curious to know a little about these clients. One is a senior citizen who must choose between food and taking his medication. Another is a single mom who works two jobs just to pay the rent. Additionally, our community has many newly arrived immigrants who are struggling to start their American dream.
These individuals need a boost in life. You may ask, "What's a boost and how important is one?" Let's try an analogy. Remember when you were younger and simply couldn't climb over a fence? No matter how hard you tried you could not get your own body weight over the fence. Then your friend took his hands and locked his fingers together. You put your foot in his hands, he heaved his hands skyward as you hauled your body upwards. Then you were over the fence. He gave you a boost! "Give me a Boost!" was the phrase. You didn't need your friend to boost you forever. Soon you were climbing fences on your own. When you help The Food Bank you are giving people a life boost. A life boost is probably one of the most important aids you can give because it has the potential to change someone's life for the better.
You now know about The Food Bank's clients. Now let's discuss food. What kind of food is collected at a food drive? It shouldn't surprise you to know that it's the same type of food you and I eat. Some of the favorites are peanut butter and grape jelly, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, fruit juices, jarred spaghetti sauce, breakfast cereals, white rice, soups, and crackers. Use your imagination, if you like to see it on your table then chances are another person will enjoy it too!
Now you need to get the message out. You must first talk to your teacher and school administration to get their approval. Start talking to other students. Brainstorm ideas on how to tailor a food drive to your school population. An idea like charging a donation of food for admission to a school function is a fun and productive way to meet your goal. It is nice to conduct your drive at holiday times. However, keep in mind that hunger is an every day event. A food drive anytime of the year is great. Once you have decided on an approach, prepare your flyer. Make sure you include the who (your school), the what (the purpose of the food drive), and the when (choose specific dates when the collection begins and when it ends). Lastly, make sure your flyer informs your prospective donors where to bring the food. Get your teacher's approval on the contents of your flyer before it is distributed.
Make sure you've allowed enough time for your donors to receive your flyer and obtain the food to be donated (i.e., a flyer distributed on a Thursday for a food drive to start the following Monday and to end on Friday gives enough notice). Once your food drive is completed, you may call The Food Bank at 358-8898 and arrange for a pick-up time. Good luck and have fun!