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Holding a Food Drive

Northwest Harvest advocates to create a more equitable food system, because we believe nutritious food is a human right.

You can hold a drive almost anywhere: Your work, social club, place of worship, neighborhood grocery store, children’s school, a restaurant, or at an event such as a birthday party or soccer game. Food drives can range from one-day activities, to month-long events, to year-round collections. The time frame and details are up to you.

Our staff can provide supplies, guidance on the things you need to consider, and help setting up. Email us at or call 800.722.6924 to set up your drive. We will contact you within a few days. During the holiday season (October through December) response may take up to one week. We do not collect door-to-door.

Apply to Hold a Food Drive  Food Drive Resources

Host a Virtual Food Drive

Whether your group is a business, alumni association, student or youth group, a faith-based organization, or simply a group of neighbors helping neighbors, Northwest Harvest’s charity profile is a great team-building tool.

Design your own page and invite friends, colleagues, and other like-minded groups to fight hunger online. It’s an easy and fun way to donate to Northwest Harvest. Get started now!

Register a Virtual Food Drive

Suggested Foods for Donation

Northwest Harvest welcomes donations of non-perishable food items. Please select shelf-stable foods that are low in sodium, sugar, and saturated fats. Here are some suggestions:

General food items

  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, beans)
  • Peanut butter (plastic jars are preferred)
  • Canned fruit (low sugar)
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Whole grain pastas
  • Boxed or canned meals with low salt, sugar, and saturated fats
  • Shelf-stable milk or dairy alternatives

Infant and baby foods

  • Baby formula or canned milk
  • Baby food
  • Infant cereal
  • We also accept baby diapers.

Food Drive Resources

Thank you for holding a food drive to benefit Northwest Harvest! Your support provides much-needed food and nutritional variety. Find tools to help make your food drive successful.


Our Food Drive Resources