I love food drives. They are most of what I think about when I’m at work and I enjoy that. Some of the reality of a food drive is that they require a lot of space. Also, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to lift a box that has about 100 cans inside of it but it’s heavy, cumbersome, and can be slightly impossible to move. The other impediment to many office food drives is the practical necessity of getting people to bring food to work. These days, so many people commute to work by bus or by riding their bike. As someone who rides the bus to work, I can attest to the fact that carrying an extra bag full of food on the bus is not the easiest thing to do.
Despite these complications many offices are still able to have wildly successful food drives and at Northwest Harvest we love it when they do! For people who aren’t sure if they can really maneuver past the practical difficulties of a food drive there is a new way to accomplish a food drive without having to lift a single can.
The Virtual Food Drive (www.washingtonfooddrive.org) is an innovative way to see tangible results of a food drive without having to do the heavy lifting. Even more exciting, it has a built in competition component. I like to refer to it as a food fight. It may even be better than a food fight because instead of wasting food you get to see how many meals you provided to your hungry neighbors. You can set a goal and challenge as many teams as you want to see which team can raise the meals the fastest.
To learn more about our Virtual Food Drive or to get started check out our website. If you try it out be sure to let us know how you liked it!