Have you heard of a digital food drive? This can be an amazing way to get people engaged all across the globe into providing meals for the needy. Food drives are for helping food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens to collect donations in order to stock their shelves. They help to promote awareness in the community about hunger and why you should make an effort to help. When you are unable to collect such food donations physically you can start a virtual food drive. This will enable you to collect money online for the local food banks.
Why should you opt for a digital food drive?
Incidentally, many food banks prefer these digital drives to traditional ones. This is because food banks buy food at much lower rates than what groceries charge and inspecting or sorting these food items can be a tedious and time-consuming task. So, a virtual food drive is a suitable option.
How to start one for harvesters:
Register yourself first: You need to visit a site that allows you to create virtual food drives for harvesters. Once you are there, you must click on the option “register as an individual.” You will then be allowed to create your individual food drive page so that you can begin taking donations. When you come to the first web page you must choose the virtual food drive donor and then type in the goal for fundraising. You may decide to start your fundraiser campaign by gifting something. The second page will prompt you to provide your personal details. In case you have done this previously you will be asked to log in; if not, you have to choose the option “join as new participant”. Then you must input your name, address, email ID, and contact number. You will be asked thereafter to create a new account with a password and username for subsequent logins. When you come to the final page, you only have to click on the “complete registration” button.
Customize: you must choose “access your participant center” for customizing the virtual food drive. You can then start sharing the link with friends and family members.
Contact local food banks: You must contact them before you launch a virtual food drive. Every such bank will work with digital food drives in different ways. So, it is important to speak to the one you choose before you initiate the process. You need to ask them whether they are keen on virtual or conventional food drives, ways to register for official food drives, guidelines to be followed to make sure the donations are safe, whether you can drop off the donations or if they will pick this up, etc.
Choose dates: You need to choose the date for beginning and ending the food drive; most food banks will ask you to run it for 2 weeks.
Collect most needed items: Money is of course the most important item for food drives. For traditional ones, there can be a list of things that are needed most. You can share this list with friends and family and inform them how to drop off their donations.
Deliver donations: This must be arranged if the food bank you have chosen cannot make arrangements to pick up the donations.