Thank you for your interest in coordinating a Food Drive or Fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Food Drives

What is a Food Drive?

  • A “Food Drive” is an event for collecting nonperishable food items to be redistributed to people experiencing food insecurity in the community.
  • Some food drives collect all of their food in a singular place on a singular day, while others last for a period of days or weeks in which people can drop off collected food.
  • Food Drives offer a fun opportunity for people to gather for a common cause.
  • Food Drives collecting under 100 pounds of food will be connected to a local pantry or meal site for donation drop-off.
  • Food Drives collecting more than 500 pounds may be eligible for a pickup.

Please Register your Food Drive before beginning your collection. Thank you!

Third-Party Fundraising Event

What is a Third-Party Fundraising Event?

  • Third-party events are planned and managed by an individual(s), community group, service club, or business with the purpose of  raising money for a non-profit or charity.
    • In short, third party events are events hosted for the Food Bank but are not hosted by the Food Bank.
  • Third-party events usually revolve around a planned activity such as a run, a skate night, or an auction.
  • Third-party events are great ways to expand the reach of an organization’s mission while raising funds that create a direct and positive impact.
  • As the Food Bank is not itself involved in the event, all aspects of the event from planning and running the event to any liability involved, are the responsibility of the host.

Please complete an Event Agreement and email it to Cheyenne Burnham a few weeks in advance of your event. Thank you!

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