There are several ways you, your organization, or your business can contribute food to the Kansas Food Bank to help those in need across our 85 county service area.
Traditional Food Drives
If you want to hold a food drive to benefit the Kansas Food Bank and want some helpful hints on how to go about it, we’re here to help.
Corporate food drives and employee food drives have always been a tremendous source of support for the Food Bank. We thank you for your efforts and enthusiasm, on behalf of the many Kansas families that benefit from your generous work!
The creativity of our fellow Kansans always inspires us. The ideas for food drives range from: Donating a percentages of sales in a month, BBQ lunches, Dress-down days, Can-stacking contests, Pie-throwing booths, Inter-department competitions, Candy sales, Donating your product in return for canned goods, etc…
Food drive collections added almost 300,000 pounds of food to the shelves of the Kansas Food Bank. These food drives are not just a valuable source of nutrition to Kansas families in need, they are a wonderful and visible show of support for the work of the Kansas Food Bank!
What to Collect
|Canned in light syrup or juice; dried:- peaches – pears – oranges – apples- applesauce – fruit cocktail – raisins- pineapple – cranberries (canned/dried)
– 100% fruit juice
|Healthful Grains:- whole-grain crackers – brown rice- whole grain pasta – oatmeal- whole wheat flour – cornmeal
– whole-grain breakfast cereal
|Low sodium canned:- corn – peas – carrots – beets- green & wax beans – mixed vegetables- sweet potatoes/yams
– tomatoes and tomato sauces
|Protein Foods:- canned or dried beans: kidney, navy,pinto, garbanzo, great northern, black- canned chicken
– nuts: walnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds
– nut butters
|Dairy:- nonfat dry milk – evaporated milk- shelf-stable (UHT) milk|
What Not to Collect
While we know many people like to make food drives a competition by weight of items collected, there are certain things we kindly request, you do not collect in a food drive. The main thing to remember with any food drive is the clients we are serving. Food drive product goes back to our pantry agencies who are serving families and individuals. Please think about that when choosing items to donate. We cannot accept the following:
- 50 pound bags of sugar, rice or flour
- Bottled water
- Items in glass containers
- Perishable items that require refrigeration
Resources Available to Collect Your Food
The Kansas Food Bank has these items available to help make your food drive easier, and more successful:
Food Drive Posters & Boxes
(These can be picked up at any time, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm)
Contact us, and let us know how many of each you need. We will get them ready for you! Call (316) 265-3663 and ask for Debi.
Getting the Food to the Food Bank
The Food Bank can pick up food that was collected as part of a food drive at local businesses. (However, we do ask if you can transport what you collected in your personal vehicle to please do so….that will save us time and money and let us utilize our trucks to their maximum potential. Plus we always like to have photo opportunities when food is brought in!) Contact us at 265-3663 to arrange delivery of your food to the Food Bank at 1919 E Douglas or to request a pick up. Food Bank hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. (map it) Unfortunately, we do not pick up at personal residences. We ask that you drop off your personal donation at the food bank.
Online Fund Drives in Place of Traditional Food Drives
If you’d rather not collect and haul around food, you can always do an online ‘food’ drive. With our buying power, we are able to stretch your dollar farther and get more food than you can at the local grocery store. On average, we can turn each dollar donated into over 3 meals!
Online fund drives are particularly good for groups or organizations that are not all in the same place, or for those who want to promote their fund drive online through social media. We can prepare a customized online donation page for your fund drive, complete with any graphics and wording to tie it in with your campaign.
If you’re interested in doing one of these fun online ‘food’ drives, please get in touch with our Community Relations Manager to set one up.
Businesses Making Donations of Product Inventory
Tax Benefits for Donating Food
Individuals / Organizations: We cannot help you to calculate the value of any donations made for tax purposes. We can, and will happily issue you a receipt for the total pounds of donations made that you can take to your tax preparer who can advise you on how you may be able to value and deduct your donation on your taxes.
Grocery Stores / Food Manufacturers / Farmers: We cannot help you to calculate the value of any donations made for tax purposes. However, there is a generous tax credit that may be available to you which you can read more about here.