Holding a Food Drive
Our Food Drive How-to walks you through running a food drive, and our staff can provide supplies, guidance on the things you need to consider and help in setting up, if needed. Please review the kit and fill out our food drive application. Our staff will contact you with confirmation or questions within a few days. During the holiday season (October through December) response may take up to one week as we schedule for high volume. For more information, contact Food Drive Coordinator Catherine McAuliffe at 206.923.7421.
You can hold a drive at your place of work, your office, social club, place of worship, or neighborhood grocery store, your children's school, a restaurant or an event such as a birthday party or soccer game. Food drive events can range from one-day activities to month-long events to year-round collections. The time frame and details are up to you. It is our policy not to collect door-to-door.
If you choose to make your food drive open to the public, we will put it on our list of public drop sites for the length of your drive. We refer to this list on our website when people inquire about where to bring food.
What types of food does Northwest Harvest need?
Northwest Harvest can use any nonperishable food or monetary donations. If you prefer to donate food, select shelf-stable food with the lowest saturated fats and refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour). We buy white rice and beans in bulk, so we encourage you to donate other items. Here are some suggestions:
General food items:
Whole grain pastas
Canned fruit, especially with low sugar (but not artificial sweeteners)
Canned fish or meat
Beef stew, chili and similar meals with low sugar and saturated fats
Infant and baby foods:
Jars of baby food
Powdered or canned milk
We also accept baby diapers