5 tips on how to organize a Food Drive

5 tips on how to organize a Food Drive

Many people are intimidated when we suggest that they organize a food drive. Adults and students prefer to order food items off our Amazon List or to drop off can goods. While this is greatly appreciated, we are encouraging you step out of your comfort zone and organize a food drive!

Pick a pantry.

In this case, we encourage you to pick the Byck Elementary Neighborhood Pantry!
Arm yourself with information about why you picked this pantry. For example,it is local, located in the West-end of Louisville. The pantry serves students, their families, and other people in the neighborhood who struggle with food insecurity.

Pick a date!

When do you want to run this food drive? We would suggest you accept donations for no more than a week or two.
Pick a week that is convenient for you. You could make it a project around your birthday or any other special day.

Make a List

A list makes it easier for people to contribute. Once you have gathered the items that you need, people can reference the list.
See below for list

Who?

Who are you going to ask to donate? What large groups are you a part of? Listing these out may help you in this step. Here are some examples:

  • Your family!
  • It could be your class in school. Ask your teacher if you can make it a class project.
  • It could be your youth group ( church, synagogue, mosque or temple). Ask the leaders if you can run a food drive.
  • You could ask your team! Basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, theater, etc. It is a great team building exercise to serve together.

Be confident! You can do this.

Ask everyone. Don’t be afraid of getting turned down. This is a great cause. This is something good. Use your resources like social media!

 


Suggested Food List for Byck Elementary

Non-Perishable items:

  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, sausage, SPAM, chili)
  • Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, greens, peas, sweet potatoes)
  • Cereal (box)
  • Pasta
  • Canned fruit
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour/Corn Meal
  • Dried Potatoes
  • Snacks (fruit bars, fruit, granola bars, animal crackers, etc)
  • Instant Mac and Cheese (Just add water)
  • Oil

Refrigerated items:

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sandwich meat
  • ½ gallon milk
  • ½ gallon orange juice
  • Hot dogs
  • Bologna
  • Rolls
  • Fruits (apples, pears, etc)

Frozen items:

  • Chicken tenders/nuggets
  • French fries/tater tots
  • Lasagna/dinner meals
  • Meats (ground beef, chicken, etc)
A Food and Toiletries Pantry in the Shawnee area

A Food and Toiletries Pantry in the Shawnee area

RAK Louisville is partnering with Shawnee Christian Health Center (http://shawneechristianhealthcare.org/) to help them set up a Food and Toiletries pantry in their facility.

Food Items Needed

  • Canned Meat (tune, Chicken, Sausage, SPAM)
  • Canned vegetables (peas, corn, green beans)
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Spaghetti and Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Oatmeal
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Snacks (granola bars, Crackers)
  • Macaroni and Cheese

Toiletries Needed

  • Shampoo
  • Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sanitary napkins & Tampons
  • Shaving Cream

You can drop off the items directly at Shawnee Christian Health Center (234 Amy Ave, Louisville, KY 40212) or you can drop it off at Eberle Orthodontics (13913 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40245)

2019 Snow Day Challenge: Burritos from Burrito Riders

It was an unexpected 2 Snow Days in the Louisville area. We took the opportunity to issue a Snow Day challenge to make a batch of breakfast burritos for the Burrito Riders. We made it a challenge and offered a Chipotle gift card to the first 5 burrito makers.
This challenge has been highly successful.

 

The winners of our 5 Chipotle Gift cards are Mimi from Sacred Heart Academy, 8th grader Matthew from Our Lady of Lourdes, Molly Wilson from Male High School, Landry (CEC) and Bowen. Shoutout to the Colemans and their Barret friends who also spent their afternoon making burritos.

Thank You!!!! Your generosity is much appreciated by the Burrito Riders of Louisville.

Stocking the Byck Elementary food pantry

BYCK ELEMENTARY IS STARTING A NEIGHBORHOOD PANTRY MANAGED BY THE FRYSC (FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER) AS A SERVICE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. RAK LOUISVILLE IS PARTNERING WITH THEM TO STOCK THE PANTRY WITH ESSENTIALS. FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED.

Items that are needed to get started:

  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, sausage, spam, chili)
  • Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, greens, peas, sweet potatoes)
  • Cereal (box/bag)
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned fruit
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour/Corn Meal
  • Dried Potatoes
  • Snacks (fruit bars, fruit, granola bars, animal crackers, etc)

Drop off Instructions:

Message us for pick up: [email protected]

You can also mail directly to:
Byck Elementary
(Attention: Jasmine Bridges)
2328 Cedar St.
Louisville, KY 40212

Drop off location:
Eberle Orthodontics
13913 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245

This month’s challenge:

Stocking the Byck Elementary food pantry.

BYCK ELEMENTARY IS STARTING A NEIGHBORHOOD PANTRY MANAGED BY THE FRYSC (FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER) AS A SERVICE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. RAK LOUISVILLE IS PARTNERING WITH THEM TO STOCK THE PANTRY WITH ESSENTIALS. FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED.

Items that are needed to get started:

  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, sausage, spam, chili)
  • Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, greens, peas, sweet potatoes)
  • Cereal (box/bag)
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned fruit
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour/Corn Meal
  • Dried Potatoes
  • Snacks (fruit bars, fruit, granola bars, animal crackers, etc)

Drop off Instructions:

Message us for pick up: [email protected]

You can also mail directly to:
Byck Elementary
(Attention: Jasmine Bridges)
2328 Cedar St.
Louisville, KY 40212

Drop off location:
Eberle Orthodontics
13913 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245

Grand Opening of Louisville’s first women only day shelter

Grand Opening of Louisville’s first women only day shelter

Last Friday, Uniting Partners (UP) for Women and Children had their grand opening as the first women’s only day shelter in Louisville. UP Louisville is located in the basement of the Diocesan house, adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral on 2nd Street.

The Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, officiated the ribbon-cutting and he also took a few minutes to talk about the city’s efforts in reducing homelessness in Louisville. “We know it is really challenging and sometimes it’s complicated. We know people are looking into it from the outside telling us how we should do it and how easy it can be. We are going to keep working at it. When we have a challenge, we lean in as a city and work together”, the Mayor added as he addressed guests. 

The Founders of Up Louisville, Andrea Scott and Amy Schutz also spoke to guests about why they started this organization. Scott talked about the 7,000 people who are homeless in Louisville, and cited that a third of those are women. The city currently does not have enough services to meet the needs of this population. Their mission at UP Louisville is to provide a healthy and safe place for homeless women and children that include services such as shelter, showers, laundry, case management and life skills.

District 4 Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith shared stories about her experiences with the homeless community. “I have met the women who are living in the camps in District 4, and they want the same things you and I want. “ She praised the Mayor for all the work he has done in Louisville and gave credit to Andrea and Amy for what they’re doing in the community.

The Grand Opening was attended by representatives from other nonprofits in Louisville who work with the homeless. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon.

RAK Louisville is partnering with UP Louisville to set up volunteers opportunities for students. RAK Louisville thanks all members of the community who contributed towards the women’s toiletries, laundry and cleaning supplies that were needed for the opening of this facility.

More information on UP Louisville can be found at https://www.uplouisville.org/  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here: https://www.uplouisville.org/volunteer/

Hear from Andrea and Amanda as they sit down with Andrew from RAK Louisville and discuss UP Louisville. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N7wO7yF3K8 

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