4-H Feeding Missouri Resources
Planning Your Club's Drive
You’ll find lots of information on this website to help you plan a successful drive. The information is also available in PDF and Word documents that you can download and print. We’ve also uploaded the 4-H Feeding Missouri event mark for you to use on messaging you develop, too.
- Timeline and Checklist
- How to Run a Successful Drive
- Contest Details
- Volunteer Ideas
NOTE: Leaders: As you plan activities with your clubs, thank you for being sensitive to the needs and circumstances of all youth members and their families. There are lots of ways for members to contribute to the food drive’s success without having to personally donate food. Check out Volunteer ideas under 4-H Feeding Missouri Resources or in the section below.
Timeline and Checklist
December - January
- Clubs start planning January-March food drive activities
- December - clubs learn about drive, resources and potential activites
- January - promotion, planning and instructions
- February - drive, public outreach
- March - follow-up, recognitions
- contact and introduce yourself to food pantry/bank you will contribute to
- Initial promotion and publicity to families and community
- Social media - personal and club
- Posting "Coming Soon!" flyers in schools and community gathering spots countywide, e.g. city/town halls, schools places of worship, stores, restaurants and coffee shops, etc.
- Church bulletins
- Community newsletters
- Begin planning volunteer activities, see Volunteer Suggestions
- Plan and schedule educational, outreach, presentations, e.g. local Rotary, town council meetings, etc.
- Set drive goal (volunteer hours, meals, monetary donations, too) — individual, club
- Plan food collection strategies — individual, club
- If you’re going to have community drop-off points or specific collection events, confirm locations and times
- Continue to develop and confirm volunteer locations and times, including any education, outreach, presentation efforts
- Follow up promotion to families and community, including planning for month of February
- Social media — personal and club
- Posting flyers in schools and community gathering spots countywide, e.g. city/town halls, schools, places of worship, stores, restaurants and coffee shops, etc.
- Church bulletins
- Community newsletters
- Share instructions, volunteer opportunities and food drive and/or drop-off locations
- Donate button (for monetary donations) goes live — Feb. 1
- Drive publicity
- Food collection, individual/club
- Volunteer efforts, individual/club
- Timely reporting, individual online/club (community, club, school leader boards?)
- Club support throughout
- Club receives and reports out final statewide and county #s
- Debrief locally
- Celebrate locally
- MU campus Sun. March 17 event
- Thank you to all sponsors and local community partners! Thank you flyer will be posted online; handwritten notes from club youth always best.
How to Run a Successful Drive
Learn about hunger issues in Missouri
Our partner, Feeding Missouri, has tons of resources:
- Hunger in Missouri - be sure to open up all the folders!
- U.S. Hunger
Contact your local food pantry and/or regional food bank
- Check out the Food Pantry List in 4-H Feeding Missouri Resources
- Search the Feeding Missouri service map and Pantry Finder listings (www.feedingmissouri.org > About Us)
- Contact them by mid-January to start coordinating!
Publicize and promote the drive - info available in 4-H Feeding Missouri Resources
- Flyers — distribute/post in December
- Mid-January through February
- social media
- media outreach
- involve other local partners
Plan one or more food drives in your community througout February
- Basketball games
- Churces, houses of worship
- Local library, bank, community center
- Tell people what foods are OK to donate - see 4-H Feeding Missouri Resources
Plan volunteer activities
See the full list in 4-H Feeding Missouri Resources
Using Qualtrics (link provided cloer to Feb 1), accurately count and record pounds of food collected and hours volunteered!
- It’s the honors system: weigh on your bathroom scale; use package measurements; give your best estimate; see if local food pantry has a scale
- Qualtrics opens Feb. 1; all individual entries count toward your COUNTY total.
Tell people how they can donate money, if they prefer
- Monetary donations should be made online via the DONATE NOW button
- DONATE NOW will be available Feb. 1 via the 4-H Feeding Missouri, MU Extension and Feeding Missouri websites.
- Donors can choose their county from the dropdown menu so the donation is credited to the appropriate county.
- If someone donates cash:
- Bring it to the club leader
- S/He will keep a running tally
- At the end of the drive, the club treasurer will send a check covering the amount of any cash donations to:
ATTN: 4-H Feeding Missouri
2306 Bluff Creek Drive
Columbia, MO 65201
- That amount will be credited to the county total.
NOTE: Feeding Missouri will calculate and convert all pounds of food and hours volunteered into the equivalent meals.
Feeding Missouri’s numbers will be used to calculate county contest winners.
Counties can compete for four major prizes for top…
- Food Raiser
- Fund Raiser
- Volunteer Hours
- Overall (Equivalent) Meals
Recognition will also go to the next Top 10 Counties in each category.
If donating food isn’t your thing, no worries!
There are lots of ways to contribute to the 4-H Feeding Missouri food drive. Check out the ideas below. Or come up with your own! It’s all about us Missourians helping Missourians fight hunger. You can also help your county compete to be the club that volunteers the most hours. Volunteer hours are then converted into the equivalent number of meals toward our goal of 1 million meals.
How can I volunteer?
- Organize a food drive at your school, church, etc.
- Create publicity materials on your own, including:
- short videos
- photos documenting your food-drive related activities
- Post/share all that great messaging:
- online, social media
- post fliers in public places around town, like bulletin boards at local stores, schools, churches, etc.
- Creat your own friendly competition:
- Hold a collection contest between grades at your school
- Challenge basketball fans to be the team that brings the most
- Create a display or information booth at school, library, city hall, church, etc.
- Look at the Hunger Facts Resources
- You can even find information about your county
- Present/share about hunger facts at local community events, e.g. school, Rotary meeting, church, local government events
- Write an essay about hunger in Missouri and present it in class
- Set up a tour of your local food bank:
- Contact Feeding Missouri’s Monica Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ask your local food pantry how you can help:
- Look for the pantry list in Resources
- Check the Feeding Missouri locator to find a pantry near you
Note: Be sure to coordinate well in advance! Many local food pantires have limited hours.
4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities Toolkit
This toolkit was created by Kansas State University and provides ideas and resources for learning about and teaching hunger awareness and hunger advocacy.
Other Resources coming soon
- Hunger Facts (to use for presentations, information displays, your own fliers)
- List of Your Regional Food Bank and Pantries Near You (PDF) - please note: these are suggestions only; the panty you choose does not have to be on this list.
- Top 10 Foods to Give to a Food Bank | Food Donation Do’s & Don’t’s (PDF)
- Social Media Promo Tips (PDF)
- Media Outreach Tips (PDF)
- News Release (DOCX)
Feeding Missouri Website
Our partner has a ton of information about hunger in Missouri and in the United States. To access their resources: