11 Ideas for a food collection drive

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  1. Partner up: Put people on to your collection drive, and get your school or student government involved!
  2. Clean out the Competition: Compete with your friends or set up a competition between grades or homerooms to see who can raise the most jeans. The winner gets bragging rights.
  3. Shovel Snow: Shovel snow or rake leaves in exchange for food donations. Its simple and you’ll get exercise!
  4. Host a Movie Night: Charge a food item like a can of food as the admission price. Take it a step further: ask a local movie theater to host it. Now you can get hundreds of peeps & hundreds of cans of food!
  5. Have a Pajama/Dress Down/Crazy Hair Day: Petition your Principal. Set a goal. (Like, if 50% of teens bring in food, you get to dress down.)
  6. Got an event coming up: Holiday party? Big b-ball game? Hockey tourney? Make a canned food the price to play or watch. After the event/game, deliver the jeans together.
  7. Create a Raffle – Win Cool Stuff!: Get good prizes donated. Price to get a ticket? Duh. A can of grub.
  8. Lock Up Your Teacher: Columbus High School in Iowa did it recently. They put teachers on the school roof on a drizzly, cold day. (Seriously!) Each donated item added a minute of lock-up time. The result? 6+ hours on the roof! Dude, we all have teachers we’d like to see locked up.
  9. Hot Chocolate Stand: Pick a good location. Get fun people to work it. Pick a good time—like right in front of school in the morning or in front of the mall on a Saturday. Advertise it with posters a few days before: "Want some hot cocoa? It’ll cost you a can of food!" Give extra marshmallows to those who contrib mad cans.
  10. Sponsor a cans sculpture contest: Get crazy prizes donated. The person or group with the craziest sculpture, gets the loot.
  11. Days of the Week: Make a theme for each day of the week & tell people to bring in cans that fit the theme, like Munchy Monday or Thick Thursday.


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