Organize A Food Drive

Let's work together to end food insecurity in Columbia County

How To Start Your Food Drive

Step 1: Decide When

Decide when you want to hold your food drive. Columbia Pacific Food Bank receives our biggest donations during the holidays, which is our most popular time to host food drives. 

Step 3: Choose A Location

Determine when and where you will host your food drive. Common locations include:

  • Supermarkets
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Office workplace
  • Local businesses
  • Fundraiser events
  • Here at the Food Bank. 

Step 2: Set Goals

 Define the goals of your food drive, including the target amount of food you hope to collect, and the specific items that are in high demand (scroll down further to see the list of our most wanted food items.)

Step 4: Promote Your Food Drive

Think about how you will spread the word and how you will incentivize others to participate. Some ideas include:

Ready to get started? 

Why Hold A Food Drive?

One of the best ways to support the Food Bank (besides making a donation or volunteering your time) is hosting a food drive. 

Food drives keep our emergency food boxes full and our food pantry shelves stocked.

Organizing a food drive with us can be a rewarding way to help our community, helping us to raise awareness about food insecurity in Columbia County, and inspiring others to take action. 

In Columbia County:

five people hunger

1 in 5 Individuals is food insecure

4 people feeding

1 in 4 children are hungry

food delivery trucks

$1 donation can provide 3 meals

Most Wanted Foods


Canned Meats

Canned Fruits

Peanut Butter & Almond Butter

Canned Vegetables

Canned Soups

At Columbia Pacific Food Bank we are working hard to fight hunger. With your help, we can provide our neighbors with more nutritious food. These top 5 items are in high demand, and allow our clients to prepare easy and nutritious meals.

  • Canned meats – tuna, chicken, salmon, beef, corned beef
  • Canned soup and chili
  • Peanut butter and almond butter
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables

We also accept any packaged, self-stable food item as well as local produce both purchased and from your garden.

Please note: Many of our clients do not have access to a fully stocked kitchen. Ready-pull tab cans, easy-opening pouches, etc are encouraged.

Food Donation Guidelines


We are happy to accept donations of non-perishable foods that are in clean containers with ingredient labels intact. Fresh produce is also always welcome. If you have perishables that you would like to donate (meat, eggs, cheese, etc.) please contact the pantry manager.

We distribute the freshest, healthiest food possible to our neighbors in need.

Please note the following guidelines:

    What We Accept

    Canned Foods

    Canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetabkes, canned soups

    Nut Butters

    Peanut butter, almond butters, nutella, and any kind of nut butters

    Fresh Produce

    We gladly accept fresh produce from your garden.

    Shelf Stable Food Items

    Pasta, cooking oils, sauces, rice, dried beans, oats

    USDA Certified Domestic Meat

    All domestic meat donations must be processed in a USDA-certified facility.

    Unexpired Baby Food and Formula

    Baby food must be distributed by the date shown on the package. Please be sure to check baby food often and discard any post-dated product.

    Personal Care Items

    We accept personal care items, personal hygiene items, laundry detergent, and dryer sheets.

    What We Do Not Accept

    Unlabelled Foods

    Unlabeled food, or any food packages that do not list every ingredient, must be discarded.

    Dented Cans

    Cans that have sharp creases, bulges, or rust that cannot easily be rubbed off must be discarded.

    Expired & Opened Foods

    We do not accept food that is not intact, already opened, or past its expiration date.

    Non USDA Certified Domestic Meat

    We are unable to accept domestic meat that has not been processed in a USDA-Certifed facility. If there is no USDA stamp on the packaging, we cannot accept it as a donation or for distribution.

    Homemade Items

    Food that has been canned or preserved at home must be discarded. We only distribute food that has been processed by a commercial kitchen or company is accepted.

    Over The Counter Medication

    We are not able to accept any over-the-counter medications or medicine.

    Ready to get started? Complete our Food Drive Partnership Application Form Below: