We rely on our community year-round to help us sustain our Food Hamper program. This can be done by individual donation, third-party fundraiser or by hosting a food drive on our behalf.
10-Step Guide to Hosting a Food Drive
1 - Select a time frame. Most successful food drives occur in a 1-2 week period but some are over a weekend or even month-long!
2 - Get some help. Gather some volunteers to help you organize, advertise and collect donations for your food drive.
3 - Download the Veterans Association Food Bank's high-res logo (found at the bottom of this page) for print and web advertising.
4 - Advertise. Get the word out there on social media and in your community. Let people know when you will be collecting donations and when your food drive ends. Tag us @Veterans Association Food Bank on Facebook and let us help you spread the word. Challenge your customers, neighbours, other businesses, friends and family to donate!
5 - Let your community know what items we need to fill our hampers. We have lists at the bottom of this page for download. Please remind people that we cannot accept or distribute expired goods. Feel free to share our donation link if some are unable to give a non-perishable food item but would like to donate to our charity: www.paypal.com/ca/fundraiser/charity/3736356
6 - Stop by the Veterans Association Food Bank warehouse to pickup a collection box or use your own. Download our logo below to add to your collection boxes.
7 - Collect donations and take pictures along the way! We love seeing our community hard at work for our Veterans.
8 - Arrange to drop-off the results of your food drive at the VAFB warehouse in Calgary or Edmonton. We also offer pick-up if you need some help! Please let us know in advance to arrange pick-up.
9 - Send us a description of your event and the group involved along with any photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We love featuring donations and food drives on our Facebook and Instagram!
10 - Thank you for your hard work in supporting the Veterans Association Food Bank! We couldn't support our Veterans without your help.
If you need more information to get started, feel free to reach out by phone, email or on Facebook. We do our best to respond to all inquiries in 48 business hours.
Reach out if you need help with a donation pick-up!
Media requests can be made by getting in touch with our Operations Team in Calgary.
Your support and contributions help us provide food, programs, services and support for Veterans.