Let’s stock the shelves

By holding a food & funds drive with your friends, family, or coworkers, you can help ensure that we receive and distribute the foods hungry people in our community need most. If you’re interested in including a fundraising component in your drive (remember that for every $1 donated, the Foodbank distributes $10 in groceries) we can help generate ideas & start your own virtual food drive. You’ll find some traditional food drive ideas below.

If you are planning a food drive, please let us know.

Between March and June, all food drives are part of Operation Feed, Mid-Ohio Foodbank's annual community-wide drive.  Learn more about Operation Feed.

Bring the Essentials

Make the biggest impact by bringing in these most-needed foods:

  • Chili with beans
  • Canned fruit (in juice or light syrup)
  • Tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat
  • Soup with vegetables
  • Peanut Butter

Click here to download and print a copy of shopping list

Please note: We are not able to accept homemade, home-canned, outdated food at food drives.


Recent examples of Kid Packs decorated for kids by kids.

Focus your food drive on kids by assembling Kids’ Packs. Each pack should include enough of these items for a family of four. Please consider decorating the bags/boxes used to drop off the food. Click on the graphic to see some examples.

  • foods to make a meal—such as macaroni and cheese, alphabet soup, and canned pasta combos
  • healthy snacks—such as cereal bars, applesauce packs, and popcorn
  • beverages—such as individual juice carton packs, sports beverages, and flavored mixes for milk
  • personal care items—such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and soap

Print entire shopping list

Beyond Food

In addition to food, the Foodbank also distributes some personal care items. If you are looking for something to spice up your traditional food drive, help support our partner pantries and focus on collecting these items first.

  • Deodorant (any)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Bar Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes (all ages)
  • Body Wash

Click here to download and print a copy of the Most-Needed items shopping list.


Photo of Food Drop off location on Marlane Drive.

When entering the Foodbank parking lot from Marlane Drive (east/freeway side of the building), proceed to the right side of the building. Pull up to garage door #1 (look for the “food drive” banner), and enter through the main door at the left.

A Foodbank staff member will help you unload, weigh your food and provide you with a poundage receipt for your records.

Food drive donations can be dropped off during regular business hours.