Host a Food Drive
Collect food for PROJECT PANTRY:
When The Nashville Food Project’s truck pulls into Fisk Courts stocked with pantry staples and fresh produce harvested that morning from our gardens, no one is happier than Shirley, a long-term resident. She will prepare a meal that evening for her neighbors to sit down and enjoy alongside her. A local homeless caseworker calls the TNFP office requesting a food box for a resident newly relocated from the streets into an apartment. An elderly woman with limited mobility seeks a food box to help stretch her limited funds.
These community members are recipients of healthy pantry staples and produce from our gardens. Volunteer organized food drives help make this possible by filling our pantry shelves with food that directly benefits low-income residents in the communities we serve with our weekly hot meal program. Our aim is to continue the nutritious focus of our hot meals by providing pantry staples that encourage healthy cooking and eating habits.
Hunger exists in our city. One in six adults and one in four children struggle to have enough food. Many live in food deserts where access to food is limited to processed and packaged items from a convenience market. We believe that healthy food is a right, not a privilege, and we strive to make this possible with your help. Consider hosting a food drive with your family, co-workers, faith group, school, friends. With our focus on healthy foods, we have specific pantry requests from the list below.
- 1-2 lb boxes short whole wheat pasta (ziti, penne, etc)
- 1-2 lb bag brown rice
- 1 lb bag lentils
- 1 lb bag of shelled nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc)
- Canned beans, 15 oz (black, pinto, garbanzo, etc)
- Chicken/vegetable broth (low sodium), 15 oz
- Canned tomato (crushed or diced), 15 oz
- Olive oil, apx 17 fl oz
Be sure to tell us about your food drive by completing this form.
A successful food drive in 6 easy steps:
1. Set your goals.
Get competitive! Setting goals helps give your group something to work toward. For example, you may aim for each participant to bring 5 food items.
4. Get food containers.
Place cardboard boxes or other containers for food donations in well-trafficked area. If needed, TNFP can provide collection barrels for larger drives.
2. Pick a date.
A food drive can be a one day event, month long event or even longer if you choose. The key is to give participants enough notice so that they can be prepared to bring in donations.
5. Promote your drive.
The most important thing you can do to end with a successful food drive is to promote it! Contact us for resources that will help you get the word out.
3. Tell us about it.
Once you have set your goals and determined your timeline, fill out a Food Drive Proposal Form. TNFP staff will contact you to help plan further details of your drive or event.
6. Schedule a dropoff.
When your food drive is finished, we kindly ask that you schedule a time to bring your food donation to The Nashville Food Project office. If you are unable to drop off your donation, please call 615/460-0172.