February 03, 2017
by Doyle Carnahan

February is Canned Food Month!

February 03, 2017
by Doyle Carnahan

We’re always excited when February rolls around, because it is National Canned Food Month! This is a great opportunity for you to host a canned food drive benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. What Should I donate to a food drive?Hosting your own food drive for NTFB isn’t difficult – but, you will want to make sure you have a strategy before jumping in and we’re here to help with that!

The first step is to determine where in the community you want to host the drive. Maybe it’s at your office, at your place of worship, or at a community event — any location where you know many people may be interested in participating will work (but do make sure to check with the appropriate people at that location first). Next, determine your team; you can take on hosting the drive on your own, or ask friend, family or co-workers to join you in planning.

Now that you have your foundation set, you are ready to register your drive with us via our online form, then it’s time to start collecting! So how can you make sure people know about your food drive and what foods to bring? We suggest:

  • Hosting a canned food drive kick-off event to get the public excited about your drive
  • Hanging our customizable food drive posters anywhere you think people might see them (your office, school, apartment, etc…)
  • Taking photos and post on social media about the progress of your drive (make sure to tag the Food Bank in your posts as well!)

Often people want to know what foods we most need. When choosing items to donate or suggesting to others what they should bring, it is important to keep nutrition in mind. Currently, 87 percent of the food items distributed by NTFB are identified as “nutritious”; while that is high, we are working diligently to make that 100% and we’ll need your help. The food items we consistently need more of include: low-sodium canned vegetables, canned fruit (in-juice), canned chicken or tuna, dry or canned beans, whole-grain pasta or brown rice, and peanut butter.

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So you have come to the end of your fun-filled food drive, but what’s next? How your donations arrive at NTFB will depend on the amount of food your team collects. If your canned food drive collected fewer than 250 items, we ask that you drop off your donations directly at the Food Bank or a partner agency. This will save NTFB limited time and resources and will get that needed food to those in need faster. If your drive collected 250 items or more, you can submit a request for one of our staff members to come to your location and retrieve your boxes of items.

And if a canned food drive is not something you think you want to take on, you may also want to consider hosting a Virtual Food Drive. Through the NTFB website, individuals or teams can shop in a virtual grocery store for the items they wish to donate. It’s quick, easy, and also saves resources for the Food Bank!

This can take some effort, but it is a small price to pay for people who need help! One out of every six people in North Texas is food insecure, which includes one out of every four children. Hosting a canned food drive is one of the many ways you can help us close the hunger gap in North Texas and give back to those who are food insecure.

For more information on how you can get started on your canned food drive, visit our website here. Be sure to review the online video and Canned Food Drive handbook for more details and planning ideas.

Remember, one meal makes a difference!


For more information or to express your interest in our upcoming Canned Food Drive Workshop, contact: Doyle Carnahan, Retail Support Specialist at doylec@ntfb.org or 214-270-1996.

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We’re always excited when February rolls around, because it is National Canned Food Month! This is a great opportunity for you to host a canned food drive benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. What Should I donate to a food drive?Hosting your own food drive for NTFB isn’t difficult – but, you will want to make sure you have a strategy before jumping in and we’re here to help with that!

The first step is to determine where in the community you want to host the drive. Maybe it’s at your office, at your place of worship, or at a community event — any location where you know many people may be interested in participating will work (but do make sure to check with the appropriate people at that location first). Next, determine your team; you can take on hosting the drive on your own, or ask friend, family or co-workers to join you in planning.

Now that you have your foundation set, you are ready to register your drive with us via our online form, then it’s time to start collecting! So how can you make sure people know about your food drive and what foods to bring? We suggest:

  • Hosting a canned food drive kick-off event to get the public excited about your drive
  • Hanging our customizable food drive posters anywhere you think people might see them (your office, school, apartment, etc…)
  • Taking photos and post on social media about the progress of your drive (make sure to tag the Food Bank in your posts as well!)

Often people want to know what foods we most need. When choosing items to donate or suggesting to others what they should bring, it is important to keep nutrition in mind. Currently, 87 percent of the food items distributed by NTFB are identified as “nutritious”; while that is high, we are working diligently to make that 100% and we’ll need your help. The food items we consistently need more of include: low-sodium canned vegetables, canned fruit (in-juice), canned chicken or tuna, dry or canned beans, whole-grain pasta or brown rice, and peanut butter.

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So you have come to the end of your fun-filled food drive, but what’s next? How your donations arrive at NTFB will depend on the amount of food your team collects. If your canned food drive collected fewer than 250 items, we ask that you drop off your donations directly at the Food Bank or a partner agency. This will save NTFB limited time and resources and will get that needed food to those in need faster. If your drive collected 250 items or more, you can submit a request for one of our staff members to come to your location and retrieve your boxes of items.

And if a canned food drive is not something you think you want to take on, you may also want to consider hosting a Virtual Food Drive. Through the NTFB website, individuals or teams can shop in a virtual grocery store for the items they wish to donate. It’s quick, easy, and also saves resources for the Food Bank!

This can take some effort, but it is a small price to pay for people who need help! One out of every six people in North Texas is food insecure, which includes one out of every four children. Hosting a canned food drive is one of the many ways you can help us close the hunger gap in North Texas and give back to those who are food insecure.

For more information on how you can get started on your canned food drive, visit our website here. Be sure to review the online video and Canned Food Drive handbook for more details and planning ideas.

Remember, one meal makes a difference!


For more information or to express your interest in our upcoming Canned Food Drive Workshop, contact: Doyle Carnahan, Retail Support Specialist at doylec@ntfb.org or 214-270-1996.

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