Making Food Bank Sense and Cents 

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Top 10 Reasons why your food bank needs cash over cans

  • You don’t have to go to the grocery store or clean out your pantry.
  • That $1.49 you spend on a can of corn will purchase nearly 4 cans when Gleaners buys in bulk.
  • It’s better for the environment and for the hungry – every mile driven by our trucks costs 9 meals for the hungry. Keeping our trucks running efficient routes to deliver food to pantries cuts down on emissions and saves money. A win-win!
  • Meals actually mean meals. When we purchase food in bulk, we buy items to allow a family to make and share a meal together. We’re able to purchase items for a well-balanced meal, at a far lower cost than retail – your $1 to Gleaners buys 9 times what you can purchase at the store!
  • Nutrition counts! We are able to provide food with a higher nutritional value when we leverage our buying power and purchase in bulk. Low sodium vegetables; fruit packed in juice, rather than syrup; tuna packed in water, not oil.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables improve health and well-being. You can’t donate a bag of apples to a food drive, but you CAN donate money to buy apples through our Virtual Food Drive.
  • We can feed the hungry, rather than be food inspectors. Every donated item that comes to Gleaners has to be inspected for damage and dates, sorted into bins, inventoried and stored.
  • We buy what people want, rather than distributing what people DON’T want. Our pantries understand hunger relief needs.
  • Almost half the food donated to Gleaners is damaged or beyond it’s useful date. But we still have to inspect and sort it. That’s inefficient.
  • It’s fun, easy and super impactful to host a virtual food drive!

Start A Virtual Food Drive 

A virtual food drive allows us to feed more people more efficiently. It’s fast, easy and fun! You can register as an individual or start a team. Feeling competitive? Challenge co-workers, rival departments or family members and see who can raise the most! Our Virtual Food Drive is a representational shopping app that demonstrates Gleaners’ buying power vs. shopping retail. Selections include our most-commonly purchased items, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Click here to start your Virtual Food Drive. Questions? Check out our Virtual Food Drive Toolkit. 

Start A Personal FUNdraiser 

Become a Hunger Hero and FUNdraise for good using our online peer-to-peer fundraising platform. Set up your personal FUNdraiser, and ask your network for support. Share your FUNdraiser on Facebook and other social media outlets to increase your donations and tell people about Gleaners. Click here to set up your personal FUNdraising pageQuestions? Check out our Fund Drive Toolkit. 

Still want to host a traditional food drive?  

We’re happy to accept your non-perishable donations at our warehouse, Monday – Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. You can also take your donations directly to one of our partner agencies. Click here for a list of pantries near you – please tell them Gleaners sent you! To get started, check out our Food Drive Toolkit. Questions? Contact feedIND@gleaners.org

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