Food Drives

You’re thinking of doing a food drive. Thanks so much!

Here is some information to help you put on a successful food drive. First, please check out our “targeted“ food drives—Food4Tots and Milk Money. Maybe one of these can work for you? They each help fill some of our biggest gaps at the Food Bank.

Also, here is a little secret about food drives. We still love food drives, but we are really encouraging people and businesses to host FUND drives. That’s because we can buy food for a lot less than you and your friends can. We can take a $100 donation and turn it into 1,000 pounds of food. Whenever we fill people in on that fact, they usually stop buying food for food drives and start writing checks. And that’s a good thing for Whatcom County.

We’ve seen a lot of food drives over the years—some are really great and some don’t meet their goal. We encourage you to take a moment and call or email us at the food bank to talk about your idea, hear some tips from us, and make it really successful.

Let’s make your food-focused fund drive a success!

Small Potatoes Gleaning

Small Potatoes Gleaning Project works with local farms to recover vegetables that would be plowed back into the ground. Volunteers glean more than 200,000 pounds of produce each year and deliver to more than two dozen food banks and meal programs across Whatcom County.

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Food Bank Fresh

By partnering with local famers in the Winter, we get a bounty of fresh food, at very reasonable prices, in the Spring and Summer. It’s a win-win.

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Grocery Rescue

Food waste is an issue that contributes to hunger, and we applaud our local food retailers for their efforts to reduce their waste. The majority of what gets rescued by the Food Bank ends up with families, but even the items that are no longer fit for human consumption help to create compost and feed livestock, in…

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Victory Gardens

Our Victory Gardens program encourages home gardeners to donate surplus produce to Bellingham Food Bank. Each year our families benefit from more than 50,000 pounds of food donated from local Victory Gardens.

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Milk Money

35 percent of food bank clients are children, and fresh milk is an essential component of growing children’s diets. Our Milk Money program enlists groups to raise some of the funds needed for monthly milk purchases.

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This program enlists sponsors to collect baby food or funds to purchase baby food and formula so our smallest and most vulnerable clients get fed.

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Garden Project

This program recruits volunteers to build small, raised-bed gardens for low-income individuals and families. We provide all the necessary materials and these gardens generate great food and so much more.

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