Food Drives

Host a Virtual Food Drive

You can host your own virtual food drive online!  To see how it works, please click here to see a virtual food drive online.

Make Food Donations

Individuals can bring food items to Connecticut Food Bank’s warehouses in East Haven, Fairfield and Waterbury. We weigh your donation and can give you a receipt for tax purposes.

Organize a Food Drive

Food drives play an important role in Connecticut Food Bank’s mission to provide nutritious food to people in need. Schools, businesses, youth groups, service organizations, theater and arts groups, places of worship, neighborhood groups, and groups of friends and families have all conducted successful food drives to benefit people at risk of hunger, and so can you! Download a copy of our Food Drive Tips flyer to share with friends and family.

Tips for a Successful Food Drive

Plan Ahead:

  • Get other people, particularly senior management, administrators, organization officers, teachers, friends and/or neighbors committed to the drive.
  • Choose a theme or name for your drive (for example: “Tons of Tuna,” “Oodles of Noodles,” “Halloween Trick or Trunk”).
  • Set a goal for how many pounds of food, how many cans or the dollar amount you will collect.

Promote the Drive:

  • Schedule a fun kick-off event.
  • Educate your group about the issue of hunger.
  • Decorate a container to hold donated food.
  • Place posters and flyers in highly visible places.
  • Distribute memos or send letters to parents, neighbors, area businesses, etc.
  • Include flyers with employee paychecks.
  • Set up a collection schedule to collect certain types of food on specific days or during designated weeks.
  • Provide each person with a bag to fill with food.
  • Issue reminders throughout the drive.

Make it Fun:

  • Encourage friendly competition between departments, offices, classes, etc.
  • Challenge a rival company or school.
  • Conduct a raffle for prizes.
  • Offer incentives such as stickers, pins and office dress-down days.
  • Reward groups and individuals who collect the most food.

Thank the Participants:

  • Certificates of appreciation.
  • Thank you cards or letters.
  • Throw a party to celebrate your successful food drive.

What to Donate:

  • Please only collect non-perishable items.  Please no glass jars or bottles.

Food Items Most Needed:

  • 100% Fruit Juice (cans / plastic bottles / boxes)
  • Canned vegetables & fruit
  • Chunky soups & beef stew
  • Gluten-free products
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Rice / dry & canned beans
  • Spaghetti & sauce (plastic or cans only)
  • “Sugar free,” “low sodium,” & “no salt” items
  • Tuna & other canned meat

Personal Care Items Most Needed

  • Shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Diapers, detergent and deodorant
  • Shaving cream, razors and hairbrushes

Delivering the Food to Connecticut Food Bank

Because Connecticut Food Bank relies on volunteer labor, we consider delivery of the collected food to a Connecticut Food Bank warehouse as part of your donation.

Our warehouses are open for deliveries Monday through Friday. Click here for directions and hours. Please call to make delivery arrangements before you come.

Your donation is weighed and we can provide you with information concerning the number of meals your donation will provide to people in need.

Thank you in advance for your time, energy and creativity. As a result of your leadership and interest, you have helped many people in need.

Contact Us

To arrange to deliver your food drive items, or for additional help with planning your food drive, contact Kerri Burgerhoff, Connecticut Food Bank’s Events and Promotions Assistant, at (203) 469-5000, ext. 304, or