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The Student Food Drive is an effort conducted by area high schools to collect and donate food and funds to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. In addition to collecting food and funds for those in need, the drive:
This year, the Student Food Drive will be limiting it's live events, and encouraging students and supporters to give online.
Local high school students and advisors throughout our 16-county service area.
An effort to collect and donate food and funds to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, to help feed over 50,000 northeast Iowans who are experiencing hunger, including over 14,000 children.
With the help of a faculty advisor, students plan school events and contests to promote the food drive, organize their food and fund collection, and package and deliver the food to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
Monday, October 5th- Friday, November 6th
Food collected will be channeled back into participating communities in our various programs throughout the 16 counties we serve in northeast Iowa.
To collect food and funds for those in need, give students a chance to help their school and other groups in the community, promote volunteerism and community involvement, and develop organizational skills.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you donate glass products, please box or bag them separately and label the box or bag “GLASS” on all sides.*
1.2 Lbs. = 1 meal | $1 = 4 meals | 1 hour of volunteerism = 100 meals
The food item’s weight is calculated into meals, and the conversion is 1.2 lbs. = 1 meal. Money donations will be accepted and later converted into meals, and the conversion for money is $1 = 4 meals. Money donations directly given allow us to use connections to gain more food items for cents on the dollar, which means more items purchased for less. Volunteer hours at the Food Bank during the drive will be converted into meals. The conversion is 1 hour (per student) = 100 meals (this is based on the national average that every volunteer saves a nonprofit $25.43 per hour). Our volunteer team will have set shifts set aside for students to participate individually or as a group throughout the drive.
Participating high schools are awarded funds for needed school or student council projects. Students are recognized for their efforts at an awards party on the last day of the drive where prizes are awarded for different levels of achievement. Participating schools will be added to all paid and non-paid media the Food Bank puts on for the Student Food Drive, and students will be recognized on our social media, newsletter, press release, and bi-weekly email blast.
That means radio, TV, and newspaper. When contacting the media about your school’s upcoming events, please be sure to:
To schedule radio contacts, reach out to:
To submit events to the Waterloo Courier newspaper, each out to:
Tag the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! We want to know about your events. To notify us about these happenings, reach out to:
When contacting us about your school's upcoming events, please be sure to include:
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery products to about 200 nonprofit organizations and programs who assist the hungry and to individuals who are in need of food assistance to sustain life. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food, which provided over 6.9 million meals within a 16-county service area.
The Food Bank provides eight programs that serve the Community: Member Agency Distribution, Cedar Valley Food Pantry, BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, Elderly Nutrition, Mobile Food Pantries, Summer Feeding and a Community Garden. Encompassing all eight of these programs is a commitment to nutrition education. The Food Bank is a member of the Iowa Food Bank Association and Feeding America. For more information, visit www.northeastiowafoodbank.org.
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