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Food & Fundraising Drives

 Food & Fundraising Drive

Normally community members donate 80 percent of the food we give to Hopelink clients. Now we purchase that food rather than accept donations to limit the potential for virus transmission. Here’s how you can help:

Greatest Needs

The generosity of the community makes it possible for Hopelink to ensure that hundreds of homes are able to keep the power on and tens of thousands of people have food on their tables all year round.

If your organization, group or business is interested in getting involved in one or more of the following ways, contact Liz at

  • Ask a local grocery store for permission to hold a food drive outside on a busy day of the week (Saturdays and Sundays work especially well).
  • Arrange for volunteers to be at all entrances of the store handing out flyers of commonly needed foods (examples included in this document).
  • Hopelink will provide you with posters for increased visibility and effectiveness.
  • Have coin containers set up for the collection of money.
  • Prior to the event, arrange a way to transport the food from your event to a Hopelink center.
  • A food drive at your school can be an effective and fun way to generate donations.
  • Set up bins in all classrooms and large common areas to provide a constant reminder of the drive.
  • Award prizes for the group or class who collects the most food.

Popular Fund Drive Ideas:

  • Hold a fund drive at your school, business or community group.
  • Hold raffles for a day off with pay, reserved parking spots, getaways, etc.
  • Have an “empty your pockets” day (or week) and collect all the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters from everyone.
  • Host a holiday party and instead of bringing gifts, wrap a picture of the gift you would have brought for a friend or colleague to unwrap and donate the money instead.

Steps to Coordinate a Fund Drive:

  • Register Your Event: Let us know what you’re planning to do and when your event is taking place. We can provide you with supplies. To register your event and coordinate supply pickups please email
  • Choose Your Location: Be sure that the drop off location is well marked and easy to get to. Posting “Food Drive Drop-Off Point” signs. Enhance your collection by using Hopelink collection barrels, sleeves, and posters. Put these where people can see them, but don’t obstruct foot/vehicular traffic. If you’re holding a drive at school consider having barrels inside the entrance where the most foot traffic is.
  • Set a Date!
  • Decide on the Details: Choose a theme, type of drive, and the duration of the drive. Decide if you want the drive to be a one-time collection event or a multi-week competition between classrooms or offices. Many drives take place over a week or more, so people have a longer period of time to bring in their items.
  • Select Drive Leaders: Select dependable people with good leadership skills, and enough free time to be helpful.
  • Orient Your Drive Leaders: Explain the need for food, confirm dates, and explain drive procedures.
  • Spread the Word!: Create a slogan that relates to your organization; Send out the suggested food list provided by Hopelink; Two weeks before the drive publicize it in school newsletters, online, in e-newletters, on posters and bulletin boards; Hold a kick off event and ask people to bring cans of food for admission.

Online fundraising helps you create a personal fundraising page that you can share with friends, colleagues, family or your community in order to raise funds for Hopelink. Use your creativity and passion to take an active role in fundraising, donating and raising awareness. Choose from the options below to get started. It is easy to set up, and we are here to help you with every step of the process.

Start an online fundraiser for your birthday, to build up your team at your business or organization, as a way to commemorate a special occasion or just because.

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Drive FAQ

We deeply appreciate every donation that we receive – both cash and in-kind, as both help us better our community. A food drive is a great way to have a tangible tie to the cause, while also supporting the community and promoting awareness of poverty in our area. Food donations create an immediate impact in our food banks. We can stretch cash donations a bit further to purchase food for our food banks, and often times, donating cash is more convenient. Every pound or dollar makes a difference in the lives of neighbors in need!


Yes! We need certain items at our shelter and transitional housing sites for families who move in and are facing difficult times. Please find a list of donation items in the downloadable PDF: Most Needed Housing Items.


Absolutely! Bins and posters are free, optional and available for pick-up at any of our service sites which can be coordinated by emailing or at 425.897.3710.


After donations enter our food banks and are receipted, they are sorted into appropriate categories by our volunteers and placed onto the shelves for clients. Our clients can visit our food banks twice a month. Our food banks are set up in a grocery store model – allowing clients to shop for what they know their family will love.


Food donations can be dropped off at any of our service sites which are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm, with the exception of our Sno-Valley center which is closed on Fridays.


Accepted Food Items

  • Food (not expired, shelf stable, refrigerated, frozen, etc.)
  • Bulk items (rice, beans, etc.)
  • Paper products, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, diapers
  • Books
  • Seasonal
    June-Sept: New school supplies and backpacks
    Nov-Jan: New and unopened toys, clothes, gifts, etc.

    Most Needed Food Items


    • Canned meals (chili, soup, ravioli (pop-top preferred)
    • Canned meat
    • Dry beans
    • Fruit (canned, fresh or dried)
    • Grains (pasta, rice, quinoa, barley, etc.)
    • Cereal and oatmeal
    • Healthy, pre-packaged snacks


    • Baby items (size 3 - 6 diapers, wipes, formula)
    • Hygiene items (toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/soap, deodorant, rasors, combs, brushes)
    • Paper items (toilet paper, paper towels, foil, zip-lock bags)
    • Household and cleaning items (dish or dishwasher soap, household products, laundry soap)


  • Expired, opened or damaged food
  • Homemade or ready-to-eat goods (jam, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Meat that is not USDA grade (wild game)
  • Clothes, shoes, accessories (for any age)
  • Home goods (rugs, towels, napkins, etc.)
  • Appliances
  • Medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Used or opened items


We find it helpful if you’re able to schedule your drop off so we can give the appropriate food bank staff a heads up. Email or call 425.897.3710.


We have limited resources but can pick up donations of 1,000 pounds or more with appropriate notice of 2-3 weeks. Please email if this is something you need help with.


Yes! A volunteer or Hopelink staff member will receipt your donations on an in-kind receipt form and give you a copy.


Checks can be made payable to “Hopelink” and can be dropped off at any of our locations or mailed to our administrative office at PO Box 3577 Redmond, WA 98073.


You will receive a receipt upon dropping off your in-kind donations which will include your total weight in pounds. If you didn’t receive a receipt or are inquiring about cash, please email drives@hopelink or by phone at 425.897.3710.