Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to most of your questions. However, if you still have questions, please leave a message for our Food Drive Coordinator at 800-209-4711 (toll free) or send us an email at YourFoodDrive@FeedOC.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. During the holidays it may take us a day or two to get back to you due to the high volume of calls.


What is the difference between a virtual food drive and a traditional food drive?

Can I host a combination traditional and virtual food drive?

How do I start a food drive?

When can I start my food drive and how long should my food drive last?

How do I set a collection goal?

When is the best time to host my food drive?

Do you prefer financial donations or food donations?

What resources are available to help my food drive?

How do I request boxes or barrels for my food drive?

Is there a Food Drive Kit with all the information I need about food drives?


Can I use your logo to help promote my food drive?

How do I use my customizable food drive web page to promote my food drive?

Collecting and Donating

Can I use my customizable web page if I'm collecting canned food donations?

What are the major guidelines for canned food donations?

What are the most needed non-perishable food items?

Are there any items you will not accept?

Do I have to put my food donations in a certain type of box?

Do I need to check the expiration dates on our donations?

How can I double my donation?

Wrapping Up

Can I drop my donations off at Second Harvest?

How do I submit my financial donations?

Will I get a receipt for my donations?

Getting More Involved

Can our organization schedule a time to volunteer at your facility?

Can we come for a tour to see how Second Harvest feeds more than 250,000 people each month?

General Questions

How do I make a product donation if I work in the food industry?

How does the food collected from food drives get to the people in need?

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