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Host A Food Drive

Help Hearts for the Homeless® feed families and individuals in need.


Hosting a food drive is a great way to provide food-insecure

individuals and families with the supplies they need to stay healthy.

Food Drive

Your impact changes lives when you host a food drive on behalf of Hearts. Now, more than ever, our community needs our help. In 2023, homelessness was up by 35 percent in Erie County — the largest single increase in over a decade.

Hosting a food drive on behalf of Hearts is a way for us to work together to help those facing food insecurity in our community.

How To Host A Food Drive

Individuals or groups can conduct a donation drive and drop off items at the Hearts Campus. It’s easy to participate and here’s how you do it:

  1. ANNOUNCE that you, your group or church will be conducting a food drive, and ask your members, friends or family to bring non-perishable items to your location; also letting them know the dates you will be collecting food. Below you will find provided graphics to share on social media to help announce your food drive.
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  2. DISCUSS the food drive with your peers and family. Lead them in a discussion on community service and serving the poor and homeless. Relate the phrase, “City of Good Neighbors” with participation in your food drive. 
  3. COLLECT the donations. Use the graphic provided below to be placed on collection bins, bulletin boards, or in newsletters. Collection bins can be anything that is convenient for you: plastic tote, cardboard box, recycling bin or laundry basket! Click here for an 8.5 x 11 flyer.
  4. DROP OFF the non-perishables to the Hearts Campus during the month of February. The Hearts Campus is located at 890 Tonawanda St. Buffalo, NY 14207. Donation receiving hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. 
  5. DEBRIEF your food drive experience to reinforce the messages of service and volunteerism with your group or family. Looking to continue partnering with Hearts to make a difference in our community? Consider volunteering!

If you have photos of your food drive and would like to share them with Hearts, please email them to Katelyn Moore, .

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