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1 in 5 people in Hickory County face days with no food or are unsure where their next meal will come from. 

You can make a difference for the residents of Hickory County who face hunger, including children, the elderly, single moms, disabled and the working poor. 

THINK OUT OF THE BOX
THE FOLLOWING IDEAS WOULD BE GREAT FOR CHURCHES, YOUTH GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH VOLUNTEERING AND DONATIONS. 

Lemonade Stand Hold a car wash, bake sale, lemonade stand, ice cream social, spaghetti dinner,   carnival or raffle and charge donations for services, goods or tickets.

Give Them A Hand Create & post colorful paper cutouts of hands that are sold to employees/students for $1. Hang them in the lunchroom or break room to show that the individual whose name is on the hand was generous with a gift to the drive.

Rock the Vote Have participants vote with spare change or food donations for an executive or teacher who will have to complete an agreed upon activity. The individual with the most votes may have to kiss a cow, shave their head or have a pie in the face.

The Guessing Game Fill jars with jelly beans & ask participants to buy $1 chances to guess how many items are in the jar. The closest guess wins the contents of the jar.

Appreciation Grams Create a fun gram to be delivered to co-workers or students for a small donation! Holiday themed trinkets to be delivered with the gram might include jelly beans for Easter, Hershey Kisses for Valentine’s Day, pet rocks for a 70’s theme or candy corn for Halloween. Take pre-orders for one week in the break-room, provide a gram for donor to write a message. Then, deliver to recipients on the holiday.

Movie Night This is a great idea for those who work or go to school in a building with a media room that has a large screen. Ask for a $2 donation to see the movie & $1 for a bucket of popcorn.

Guess the Baby We all have at least one embarrassing baby picture buried in our photo albums. Display baby pictures of each employee & have a contest to see who can guess who the babies are! Sell guess sheets for $5.

Fruit of the Spirit Ask church members todonate canned fruit one Sunday a month. Fruit is one of The Food Bank’s most requested items.

Food Fight Encourage friendly competition between classes or departments. Make a one-of-a-kind trophy from a canned food item covered in a custom label!

Beans for Jeans Allow employees to donate for dress down days, reserved parking spots, candy treats or leave early passes.

Free with Donation Offer incentives for donating such as free admission to events, discounts or coupon with donation of nonperishable food items.

Share your Lunch Ask participants to bring a lunch bag full of food or donate what would normally be spent on lunch out.

Macaroni n’ Cheese Monday Tuna Tuesdays, Wheaties Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday (fruit
juice) & Fruity Friday (canned fruit). Themed days are an easy way to remember what to donate!

Dinner for Two Create simple menus for full meal donations such as spaghetti dinner (pasta,
canned sauce, green beans & garlic biscuit mix) or Tuna Helper meal (tuna, meal mix, canned
vegetable & canned fruit for dessert).

Harvesting Hope Collect canned veggies to create a “garden” in the lobby. This is a great
reminder for donations!

Souper Bowl Hold a soup or chili cook off for the big game! Ask tasters to vote for their favorite dish with spare change.

Empty Bowl Partner with local art classes to create hand made ceramic bowls to be sold at a soup dinner. A donation purchases the bowl and dinner.

Can Castle Hold a canned food sculpture contest & ask students/employees to vote with spare
change. There are many ideas online!

Fruit of the Spirit Ask church members to donate canned fruit one Sunday a month. Fruit is one of The Food Bank’s most requested items.