Unlike a grocery store, SSA does not have the luxury of ordering what we need. Since you have indicated an interest in holding a food drive to benefit SSA, following are some suggestions and other things to keep in mind:
- You can hold a food drive at one of the local grocery stores (you must get their permission), hold one at your school, club, church/temple, organization, etc. or collect food from your own home or neighbors.
- Theme-based food drives, such as:
“breakfast food days” – cereal, 100% fruit juice, pancake mix, syrup, etc.
“souper bowl” – main meals (ravioli, spaghettios), spaghetti sauce, canned meats
“camp” – juice boxes, snacks, cookies, sunscreen, peanut butter, jelly
“cleaning products” – laundry detergent, Lysol, dishwashing liquid, toilet paper, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner
“Personal care products” – shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, lotions, feminine products
“Bar-b-que” or “picnic” items – condiments (mustard, mayo, ketchup, salad dressing
You can make the food drive an educational experience – use coupons, check store fliers for deals, 2 for 1 deals on items (keep one for your family and donate the other). Sometimes the best food deals, as well as cleaning and personal care items, are at places like CVS, Walgreens, etc.
Collect loose change at your organization and purchase gift cards at Stop & Shop, Shoprite, etc.
Before getting started, call the Social Service Office (201-444- 2980) to determine a good time for the food drive and what items we need. Depending on the type of food drive you choose to do, come to the office to pick up posters, money donation jars, t-shirts (all on-loan). We can help you with any ideas you might have and show samples of sample flyers.
It is important to emphasize that we are not allowed to have expired items on our shelves. Unfortunately, sometimes, with food drives, people take it as an opportunity to clean out their pantries. If you can post that in your flyers, it saves time and effort.
We do not have a staff at SSA, so dropping off the items from your food drive is preferable. We can meet you at the pantry so that you can familiarize yourself with what SSA is all about.