bullet Set a goal on how many pounds you want to collect. (1 standard can weighs approximately 1 pound)
bullet Challenge another group/business to meet your donation.
bullet Incorporate a theme: for example TGIF (take groceries in Friday).
bullet Stage a friendly competition in your neighbourhoods, school or office and have a treat for the winners!
bullet Invite a staff person from the Soup Kitchen to speak to your group.
bullet Schedule a tour of the Soup Kitchen for a visual reminder of the reality of hunger.
bullet Publicize the suggested food list within your organization.
bullet Advertise your event at the local grocery store, in church bulletins and through email.
bullet Use your theme to decorate boxes for food.
bullet Visually display the food that has been collected to encourage others to contribute.
bullet Involve children and youth.
bullet Sponsor a canned food sculpture contest.
bullet Update people on the progress of your food drive.
bullet Designate a special time or day to bring food.
bullet Hold an event or meeting where admission is cans of food.
bullet Have a car wash where the price of a wash is cans of food.
bullet Have a committee bring the food to the Soup Kitchen and have a tour.

 

Suggested Food List

 

MEAT/HIGH PROTEIN GROUP

Canned Meat: ham, spreads, stews, chicken, spam, tuna, salmon

Peanut butter

Macaroni & Cheese

BREADS & CEREALS

Dry Cereals

Oatmeal

Rice & Pasta

DAIRY GROUP

Evaporated or Powdered Milk

Infant Formula

Nutritional Liquid Supplement

Ensure, Resource, Boost

FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Canned & Dried Fruits

Canned Vegetables

Canned Soup

Canned Beans

BEVERAGES

Juice in cans or plastic

Coffee

Tea

DIETARY NEEDS

Sugar & Salt Substitutes

Low or Non Sugar Items

Low or No Salt Items

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

Disposable Diapers

Tooth Brushes

Toothpaste

Shampoo

Deodorant

Bath Soap

OTHER

Dish Soap

Laundry Soap

Toilet Paper

Garbage Bags