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How to Organize a Food and Fund Drive

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.

Two Types of Food Drives

  • Regular Food Drive: Collect non-perishable food donations and monetary donations at your work, church or in your neighborhood. 
  • Virtual Food Drive: For every $10 donated we can provide 40 meals for our neighbors facing hunger. Set up a Virtual Food Drive >>

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. Make sure to read through our frequently asked questions list below.

Next Step: Register your Food Drive

Download our food drive manual and posters


Start a Virtual Food Drive today!

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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: 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 three: 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?
Our resources continue to be utilized at mobile distributions and we are limiting food drive pickups at this time. We greatly appreciate the donations being brought to us when possible.
In order to schedule one of our trucks, a minimum of 10 boxes must be collected and it needs to be scheduled in advance. Thank you for your understanding.

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:

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:
Pieter Snyman
  Digital Fundraising Specialist
  Phone: 407-514-1080

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