Hold a food and fund drive to benefit Second Harvest Food. You can hold a food drive at your office, school, or through a civic group. Visit our website for tips and ideas on how to make your food drive successful!
To speak with someone about your drive, please contact: Mindy Ortiz – Volunteer Services Manager 407.514.1043 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Food and Fund Drives Section on our website at: http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AboutUs_OurPrograms_FoodDrives
Frequently Asked Questions: Food Drives
1. What are our critical item needs?
Fruits: Canned fruit (in its own juice, no sugar added varieties), dried fruit, 100% fruit juice
Vegetables: Canned vegetables (reduced salt/no salt varieties), 100% vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce
Grains: Rice, pasta, crackers (whole-grain varieties), ready-to-eat cereal (low sugar/high-fiber), oatmeal
Protein Foods: Canned meat/poultry, canned tuna/salmon (packed in water), canned/dry beans & peas (low/no salt varieties), peanut butter
Dairy/Dairy Alternatives: Nonfat dry milk, evaporated milk, soymilk
Meals: Beef stew, canned soup (reduced sodium varieties), chili, other canned meals
Other: Nutritional drinks (ex: Ensure, Boost)
Baby Food: Must be in complete, undamaged original packaging. No individual serving glass or plastic containers unless in an unopened case.
Non-food Items: Diapers, toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.). Must be unopened and stored separate from food donations.
2. Where can you drop off your donations? Donations can be dropped off at our main facility located at 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805 typically Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please come in through the entrance on Mercy Dr. and proceed straight to the loading dock area where your donation will be weighed and you will be provided with a receipt. We strongly advise you to call us before coming to drop off to make absolutely certain someone is on duty to receive your donation. Please do not leave food donations outside the door —there is a 100% chance they will be stolen before we can receive them. Please contact our main office at 407.295.1066 to confirm that we will be open.
3. Can we pick up your donation? It is best if you can bring the donation to us. However, in the event that you cannot- we can schedule a pickup (for 10 boxes or more in the fall). Note: Our drivers and truck schedules are completely maximized in the months of November and December—please allow at least one week advance notice for pickup requests.
4. Who should you contact with food drive related questions? Mindy Ortiz- Food Drive Manager 407.514.1043 or email@example.com