Our First Neighborhood Food Drive

I don’t know about you but I would love to be able to help our community but life get’s busy, and maybe that makes me a little selfish to some extent – but I wanted to make it a point to find the time to make a difference.

According to http://www.feedingamerica.org – in Arizona alone, there are 1,033,590 people struggling with hunger and 370,960 of them are children. I’ve heard stories on the news about people who have donated to schools to pay off cafeteria balances, or seen the hype during September when it is Hunger Awareness Month. But, does helping people eat really need to be restricted to a particular time of year? I don’t think so. šŸ™‚

I found some paper bags and printed out flyers to attach to the bags. We made bags and left them at homes throughout our neighborhood. While we were walking around the neighborhood hanging bags on doorknobs – we ran into one of the neighborhood kids. He asked us what we were up to and we explained we were trying to encourage families to donate to a local food bank. He told us how his family get’s their food from a food bank and helped us pass out the rest of the bags. <3

We left the bags out six days prior to our pick up date. We knew we were taking our chances on whether or not anyone would actually participate but if there was ever a chance worth taking, this was it!

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Today was the pick up day, and we are THRILLED to see our neighbors so generously participated! We cannot wait to drop off the donations! šŸ™‚

Our goal in sharing our story to inspire as many people as possible to donate to your local food pantry.  If you are interested in doing something like this with your neighborhood – feel free to use these templates! There is a PDF as well as a Word template for your use. šŸ™‚

Neighborhood Food Drive (word)

Neighborhood Food Drive (PDF)

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If you don’t have time to run a food drive but still want to help – click here to donate online. šŸ™‚

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