Community Food and Fund Drives
Second Harvest Food Bank collects more than one million pounds of food and thousands of dollars each year through community food and fund drives sponsored by individuals, corporations, clubs, schools and associations.
Food drives supply nonperishable items that are greatly needed to our partner agencies, and help provide varieties of food often difficult to obtain from our corporate food donors. Often, people prefer to contribute money instead of food to these special collections, which help offset the considerable cost of distributing these much needed products to the community.
New! Organize a Virtual Food Drive
Second Harvest has come up with an easy and fun way for you and others
to put together a virtual food drive! Our virtual food drive is a
representational web-based tool that allows individuals and
organizations to hold an online food drive. Click here to view our virtual food drive frequently asked questions page >>
Are you ready to start a virtual food drive? Click here to start your virtual food drive >>
We are excited to give you
the option to organize a regular food drive, a virtual food drive or
both! Regardless of which method you choose, these drives make an
incredible difference for struggling families across Central Florida.
To speak with someone about your drive, please contact:
Mindy Ortiz - Volunteer Services Manager
Frequently Asked Questions: Food Drives
1. What are our critical item needs?
Fruits - Canned fruit (in its own juice, no sugar added varieties), dried fruit, 100% fruit juice
Vegetables - Canned vegetables (reduced salt/no salt varieties), 100% vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce
Grains - Rice, pasta, crackers (whole-grain varieties), ready-to-eat cereal (low sugar/high-fiber), oatmeal
Protein Foods - Canned meat/poultry, canned tuna/salmon (packed in water), canned/dry beans & peas (low/no salt varieties), peanut butter
Dairy/Dairy Alternatives - Nonfat dry milk, evaporated milk, soymilk
Meals - Beef stew, canned soup (reduced sodium varieties), chili, other canned meals
Other - Nutritional drinks (ex: Ensure, Boost)
Baby Food - Must be in complete, undamaged original packaging. No individual serving glass or plastic containers unless in an unopened case.
Non-food Items - Diapers, toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.). Must be unopened and stored separate from food donations.
2. Where can you drop off your donations?
Donations can be dropped off at our main facility located at 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805 typically Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please come in through the entrance on Mercy Dr. and proceed straight to the loading dock area where your donation will be weighed and you will be provided with a receipt. We strongly advise you to call us before coming to drop off to make absolutely certain someone is on duty to receive your donation. Please do not leave food donations outside the door —there is a 100% chance they will be stolen before we can receive them. Please contact our main office at 407.295.1066 to confirm that we will be open.
3. Can we pick up your donation?
It is best if you can bring the donation to us. However, in the event that you cannot- we can schedule a pickup (for 10 boxes or more in the fall). Note: Our drivers and truck schedules are completely maximized in the months of November and December—please allow at least one week advance notice for pickup requests.
4. Who should you contact with food drive related questions?
Mindy Ortiz- Food Drive Manager 407.295.8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org