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Second Harvest collects more than one million pounds of food and thousands of dollars each year through community food and fund drives sponsored by individuals, corporations, clubs, schools and associations.
We're excited to give you the option to organize a regular food drive, a virtual food drive or both! Regardless of which method you choose, these drives make an incredible difference for struggling families across Central Florida.
We've made a few great updates to our virtual food drive tool, including a new responsive design that will allow individuals to access your drive on their phones or tablets, new badges to unlock and more!
Frequently Asked Questions: Food Drives
1. What are your critical item needs?
Click here to view and download our critical items list.
2. Where can I drop off my donations?
Location one: Donations can be dropped off at our main facility located at 411 Mercy Drive Orlando, FL 32805 typically Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8am - 4pm. Please come in through the entrance on Mercy Dr. and proceed straight to the loading dock area where your donation will be weighed and you will be provided with a receipt.
Location two: The Lake-Maitland Civic Center is now accepting small donations at 641 S. Maitland Ave Maitland, FL 32751. Please note that this location is for smaller donations and will not provide receipts. Drop-off hours are Monday thru Friday from 9am until 5pm. They can be contacted at 407-647-2111. If you wish to do weekend drop-offs, please contact them by telephone first.
Location three: Volusia County. To coordinate a food drive for our Volusia Branch, please contact them directly at 386-257-4499. Donations can be dropped off at 320 North Street, Daytona Beach, Fl 32114.
Location four: Brevard County. To coordinate a food drive for our Brevard Branch, please contact them directly at 321-733-1600. Donations can be dropped off at 6928A Vickie Circle, West Melbourne, Fl 32904.
We strongly advise you to call us before coming to drop off to make absolutely certain someone is on duty to receive your donation. Please do not leave food donations outside the door —there is a 100% chance they will be stolen before we can receive them. Please contact our main office at 407-295-1066 to confirm that we will be open.
3. Can Second Harvest pick up my donation?
We greatly appreciate donations being brought to our facility because it saves us time and money. However, in the event that you cannot- we can schedule a pickup for a minimum of 10 boxes (copy paper size boxes or bigger). Note: Our drivers and truck schedules are completely maximized in the months of November and December—please allow at least one week advance notice for pickup requests.
4. Who should I contact with food drive related questions?
Thank you for organizing a food drive for our neighbors in need. Please make sure to download your manual and get instructions on starting a drive on our manual and poster page. Please contact Mindy Ortiz- Food Drive Manager with any food drive questions.
Phone: 407-514-1043 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Who should I contact with questions on starting a virtual food drive?
Thank you for wanting to start a virtual food drive. Please make sure to visit our virtual food drive page to download your manual and get instructions on starting a drive. Please contact Melissa Kear, Online Marketing Coordinator with any virtual food drive questions.
Phone: 407-514-1010 Email: email@example.com