Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
When will our food be picked up?
When you are ready for your food to be picked up, contact your local food pantry; a list of these can be found in the Toolkit.
How should our food be prepped for pick up?
All food must be boxed and easily accessible on the ground floor. Please label all boxes with your school’s name.
Can we drop off the food ourselves?
Yes, to maximize the value of your donation you may deliver to your local food pantry. Please check with them for days and hours of operation.
Is there another way we can support the Maryland Food Bank and its partner agencies?
Yes, you can create a personalized virtual food drive for your school by going to https://mdfoodbank.org/register-virtual-food-drive/. You purchase food online so there’s no heavy lifting. Aside from providing the convenience of not having to navigate a busy grocery store, virtual food drives are used to purchase food at the discounted price that the food bank has facilitated through partnerships with retailers, wholesalers, etc. In short, it is a much more effective way to make a difference in the lives of hungry Marylanders.
You can also mail a check to the Maryland Food Bank or your local food pantry.
When should we start promoting our food drive and how can we get our students and parents involved?
Start approximately two weeks before the event. It’s also helpful to send periodic reminders during the program and one final reminder near the end of the food drive. Download our toolkit for a complete list of ways to promote your school’s event.
What kind of food donations does a food bank need?