Food Drives Help Provide Thousands of Meals this Holiday Season
Community groups in WNC have held approximately 55 food drives to benefit MANNA since the week before Thanksgiving.
A few standouts:
Oakley Elementary – The whole school participated in this food drive; they competed by grade level. The kids from Oakley Elementary collected over 1,265 pounds of food!
Bell Forest at Biltmore Park – The staff at the apartment complex showed such enthusiasm towards their drive. Their collection area was always decorated for the food drive with a rainbow of healthy food hanging above and a covered barrel as the pot of gold. The staff and residents gave generously and joyously.
The most unique food drive is one held on wheels: Illski Transports. The Sunday Special: a ride anywhere in Asheville for 5 cans of food. Demetrius, the owner, brings the food he has collected every Monday. His food donations have tripled since the beginning of his drive and he’s driving up financial donations too.
The biggest food drive was thanks to the Conscious Alliance “Art that Feeds” event held December 15th. They used 10 barrels for this drive. As volunteers were going to collect, I had a call from Conscious Alliance that donations were twice as much as they expected. The total poundage of the drive was 2,674 pounds!
Since the week before Thanksgiving YOU have collected well over 10,000 lbs. of food for us to distribute. That means over 8,300 meals provided to people in need throughout WNC this holiday season!
Food drives are a great tangible way for a community to get involved. A community group (whether it be a school, business, church and others) can really unite as they work together for a common mission to solve hunger. As friends and co-workers see each other give, it inspires even more giving. Food drives are making a difference in the lives of families across North Carolina.
Want to hold a food drive for MANNA? Here’s a few tips to make your drive the best it can be:
- Promote your drive a couple of weeks before it begins.
- Make the drive a competition (between grades, departments, etc).
- Offer any incentives (employees/students get to wear jeans, pizza party, etc) if participants bring in x amount of donated items.
- Shorter drives tend to be the most successful! People tend to be the most excited at the beginning.
Good luck and for more information go here !
Whittington Chiropractic featured in picture from food drive earlier in 2013.