Virtual Food Drives can be lots of fun. You can do an individual Virtual Food Drive or create a team at work, school or your place of worship. They are a great way for your team to work together to help those who are less fortunate and struggling to put food on their tables.
A little planning can go a long way to ensuring that your Virtual Food Drive is a success. Set a goal, choose a theme, and create a plan. Here are lots of good ideas to help you get started.
Make sure lots of people know about your Virtual Food Drive. After you register you'll receive your very own Virtual Food Drive web page. Use it to promote your food drive, send inspiring emails and share your progress. We encourage you to reach out to friends and family on social media to invite them to join your drive. Don't forget to post frequently with updates and lots of photos.
Virtual Food Drives are also a great way to celebrate a birthday, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, anniversary, or other special occasion.
Social media is a great way to let your team know how the Virtual Food Drive is going and to keep them engaged. Be sure to like Second Harvest Food Bank’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages and tag @secondharvestfoodbankoc. Don't forget to use hashtags like #EndHungerinOC and #WeFeedOC in your message. Check out our Resources and Downloads for a complete list of promotional tools.
We encourage you to remind colleagues, friends and family to contribute to your Virtual Food Drive and provide status updates to inspire more donations. All Virtual Food Drive donors will receive an electronic acknowledgment in receipt of their gift. If you collected traditional food donations visit our Deliver Your Food page to schedule a delivery to the Second Harvest Food Bank or Orange County or to find a drop off location when your food drive is over.
After a successful food drive it’s important to celebrate and thank all the people that helped you reach your goal. Announce your results, post your final update to social media and share your story. Help our other food drive partners be as successful as you by sharing your personal Food Drive Story.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is committed to ending hunger in Orange County so we have other ways you can choose to participate: tour our amazing distribution center, volunteer, opportunities for groups and corporations, opportunities for kids, or advocate – learn more about the hunger problem in Orange County so you can help spread the word. Oh… and come back and host another virtual food drive!