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 

Packing Sack Meals for The Forgotten Louisville

Packing Sack Meals for The Forgotten Louisville

By: Audrey (and Ella) Smith

We heard that RAK Louisville was working with the Forgotten Louisville to help feed the homeless community. Every Wednesday, they need 50  sack meals, and they ask for two people or groups to sign up to each take 25 sack meals. We decided that our family would sponsor this, and my sister and I did some chores to earn money to buy the items. We were glad to be able to give our time to help feed the hungry.

If you are thinking about signing up, it might seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s simple when you break it down or divide it among your friends. We have our plans written below if you have questions. We also took some pictures, but we were so busy making sandwiches and building the sacks that we forgot to take pictures during the process.

Planning

Before we planned, my mom called Maria with Forgotten Louisville to see where we would drop off the meals and if they were looking for anything specific this week. Maria told her they really need extra water in the hot months, so we decided to take two cases.

The team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

Shopping

We talked about what would be good to include in the sacks. We knew we shouldn’t use anything that would melt or go bad in the heat. And our Mom had us do math to figure out how many of each item we would need to buy. We could have gone to Costco or Sam’s, but Kroger had everything we needed, including small bags of chips and treats.

We shopped the day before we made the sack meals. We picked bananas that were mostly yellow, so they would be ready to eat the next day. We also got white bread for the sandwiches, because it is comforting for many of these people.

Forgotten Louisville street team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

Our shopping list

  • White bread: 3 loaves (we bought 4, but only needed 3)
  • Peanut butter: 1 40-oz jar
  • Grape jelly: 2 17-oz jars
  • Sandwich bags: 25 (we already had these)
  • Bananas: 25
  • Bags of Lays chips: 25 (five 6-packs)
  • Bags of mini Oreos: 25 (two 20-packs)
  • Applesauce cups: 25 (five 6-packs)
  • Spoons: 25
  • *Brown bags, large 8#: 25
    (*We used the larger style of brown bags, so we could fit more items and the bag would be sturdy.)
  • Napkins: 25 (we had these)
  • Water: 2 cases (we delivered in cases, not in the sacks)

 

Making the sandwiches

My mom and I made the sandwiches. Mom thought it was easier to make two or three sandwiches at a time, but I thought it was easier to make one sandwich at a time. Some other tips:

  • Be careful not to squeeze too hard, so you don’t make finger dents.
  • Have 25 sandwich bags opened and ready to go. We stacked in groups of five, alternately, so it was easy to count to 25.
  • Try to keep each sandwich clean (no PB or J on the sides of the crust), so that it is clean to put in each bag.
  • Keep a wet paper towel nearby, so you can wipe the PB&J off of your fingers in between sandwiches.

 

Assembling the sacks

  • Open all the cases and boxes.
  • Carefully break each banana off the bunch, so you don’t accidentally peel them.
  • Figure out the best way to build your sacks, and organize everything in that order.
  • Double check each bag to make sure all of the items are in there.
  • If you write anything on the bag (like PB&J), make sure it is low enough to be read after you fold the top of the bag.
  • Have a big box or several bags to transport the meals. Three meals fit in each plastic Kroger bag, which made it easier for my sister and I to carry than a big box.

 

Dropping off the meals

We packed the car with the two cases of water, 25 sack meals and a bag with extra sandwiches of leftover ingredients. We went with our parents to drop off in front of the UofL rowing club. There were a lot of people already waiting for hot food. The Forgotten Louisville street team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

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