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Traditional Food Drives

How to hold a food drive

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Picture of a rolling bin, a blue barrel, and cardboard boxes

A bin, barrel, and some boxes – each available on a limited basis to help facilitate food drive collection in the Wichita Metro Area.

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!

Food Drive support

What we need most:

Canned tuna, chicken and ham

Canned fruits


Peanut butter

Beans – canned or bagged

Bagged rice – one pound size



Dry cereal and/or oatmeal


Hamburger Helper

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.

Please do not collect the following:

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