Food and Fund Drives

Fundraising events organized by businesses, associations, churches, and other groups are critically important as we work to keep our shelves packed with nutritious food for the hungry. Coordinating an event to collect monetary donations and food is an experience that can help everyone involved feel more connected to the community, while making a huge difference in the lives of many who struggle daily to feed their families. We greatly depend on these events throughout the year to ensure we are able to meet the ever growing need to feed the hungry in our community. With the demand up again this year due to the current state of the economy, the need for food and funds is needed more than ever.

Your contributions enable the existence of our feeding programs, such as Food for Kids Backpack, Kids Café, and The Food Distribution Programs that assist the elderly, children, the working poor and now a days the everyday modern face who reside in the service areas of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, James City County, Poquoson, York, Surry, Gloucester and Mathews.

If you are ready to get started on you Food and Fund Drive or have any questions, please contact Donna Tighe at (757) 596-7188 or register here.

Why Add Funds to Your Food Drive?

We encourage fund drives for business and individuals that are interested in the best way to help the Foodbank reduce hunger. For every dollar donated, the Foodbank is able to distribute over $8 dollars worth of food and inspire hope to the over 75,000 of our neighbors in need, 25% are children. Online donations can be made by clicking here or checks can be made payable to The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Monetary donations provide the greatest benefit to feeding hungry homes because the Foodbank can by food in bulk and case lots at reduced rates. Monetary donations provide the gift of a meal:


Donation Amount



80 meals


160 meals


400 meals


800 meals


Steps to a Successful Food and Fund Drive


1. Make it fun
Appoint a committee to plan your event and decide on a theme (optional). Determine the length of your fund/food drive. You can incorporate fun competition between groups, classes, and departments within your organization and get your senior management team involved.

School children can focus on collecting an item that is kid-friendly (i.e. peanut butter/jelly; macaroni and cheese, snack bars, juices)or each grade level could focus on one of our top items needed.

Fundraise at your:
Holiday parties
Monthly Association Meetings
School Dances
Sporting events
Open Houses
School-wide or campus-wide events
Cooks outs, yard sales, bake sales, or block parties
Retail stores (offer discounts with donation)
Swim meets
Community days and farmers markets
Grocery Stores

Think outside of the box and get creative!

2. Set a Goal
Set a goal for financial contributions and pounds of food to be collected. Setting a target allows you to build momentum and keep the excitement alive.  Schedule a kickoff event. Keep track of the progress by publishing the progress on a bulletin board for everyone to see.  Encourage your company to match the fund and food donations.

3. Promote Your Food and Fund Drive
Please notify the Foodbank that you are coordinating a food/fund drive. We'd love to know what's going on in our community to help fight hunger. We can publish on our Facebook and website. Share information throughout your community and/or organization to raise involvement early in the process. Listed below are a number of different ways you can promote your food drive:

E-mails and/or email signatures
Newsletter articles
Payroll inserts
Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks
Company Intranet
Public service announcements
Record company messages and make use of clients to promote

If your group would like a tour of the Foodbank prior to the food/fund drive, please give us a call at 757.596.7188.

4. Food Barrels and Fund Collection Containers
Food drive boxes are available upon request. Though boxes work well, you can place or hand out grocery bags for ease of collection to your co-workers, students, members, and neighborhood homes as a reminder that you are collecting non-perishable food.

Click here to print our current food drive bin poster if you need additional posters.

You can pick up collection bins at:

Foodbank at 2401 Aluminum Avenue, Hampton – 757.596.7188A
AAAA Storage at 1343 Big Bethel Road, Hampton – 757.766.2225
AAAA Storage at 217 Harpersville Road, Newport News – 757.599.1400

5. Increasing Value

Increase the value of your donation by delivering food directly to the Foodbank Monday-Friday between 8am and 4pm or to a local D.A.V. store, Old Point National Bank, Pearson Toyota, Fulton Bank, Douglas Aquatics or Virginia Company Bank if it is less than 250 lbs. If you have a large food donation of 250 lbs. or more, you can arrange to have the Foodbank pick up your donation by calling 757.596.7188 x101 if you are unable to deliver the donation to the Foodbank..

Deliveries and pick-ups occur between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 pm. Monday through Friday.  Please allow for a three days’ notice.

6. Celebrate your success!

During a recognition party, recognize that every dollar and can makes a difference to those in need in your community. You are doing a great service to your community by giving back with the gift of a meal.

Communicate your success with a media release or picture from the event and send to your local newspaper. Recognition is always important when giving back to your community.

Also, send pictures of the fundraising event to the Foodbank so that we can post on our Facebook.  Please ensure all individuals in pictures have given their permission to use their photograph.

Most Requested Items:

Meats, Fish and Protein – canned tuna, ham or chicken, beef stew, chili, peanut butter, canned/dried beans

Fruits and Vegetables – 100% fruit juice (individual or family size), canned fruits and vegetables, instant potatoes, apple sauce, fruit cups, jelly

Complete Meals – pasta and sauce, boxed meals, hearty vegetable soups, canned pasta meals (ie Spaghetti O's) (Pop Top Lids if possible)

Grains – cereal, rice, breakfast bars

No glass containers, perishable items or home canned foods, please!

If you are ready to get started on you Food and Fund Drive or have any questions, please contact Donna Tighe at (757) 596-7188 or register here.