Every bit helps! Here are ways you CAN make a difference:
Host a Food Drive
Food donations from food drives are the highest quality food products distributed by the Food Bank.
Fund donations help us keep our programs running in order to help address Central Oregon’s growing hunger issues. Here are some tips for a successful food drive:
- Identify a reasonable goal. Consider how long you'll run the drive and how many people you expect to participate.
- Keep enthusiasm high! Post pictures on social media, make it a competition or offer coupons, discounts or incentives.
- Decide what materials you'll need. Create your own materials or request supplies such as posters, logo, donor envelopes, and fact sheets.
- Publicize your event! Put up flyers, send out e mails, make a facebook event, or send us the details and we can help spread the word.
- Decide how you will collect the donated food. Depending on the size of your drive, bags and/or boxes work well. You can gather your own materials or pick up a barrel at our Redmond warehouse. We’re happy to pick up your food when your drive is over, if it weighs over 200 pounds. Delivering food yourself to our Redmond warehouse is like giving an extra donation to the Food Bank.
NeighborImpact’s Food Bank needs these nutritious foods:
- Canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
- Canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
- Peanut butter
- Canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
- Pasta, rice, cereal
- Canned fruits
- 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
Become a Partner Store
Each year, retail stores in Central Oregon donate over a million pounds of perishable food products. Not only is the food nutritious, but our Food Recovery Program helps put food on the tables of families in need while keeping it out of local landfills. Contact the Food Program Manager to find out how to become a regular store donor to the food program.
Grow A Row or Donate Fresh Produce
Planting a Garden? Why not grow an extra row for your neighbors in need! Someone in need would be thrilled to get your extra zucchinis or tomatoes. Food pantries and soup kitchens need produce that stores and transports well. Refrigerated space is often limited, so foods that don't require refrigeration are always wanted. Here are some recommendations:
- Tomatoes (pick when slightly under-ripe)
- Green beans
- Winter squash (acorn or butternut)
- Hot peppers
- Collard greens