Giving Food to Help Feed More
Donations of food are a vital part of our ability to serve the needs of our communities. Make an active and hands-on contribution to ending hunger in Central Virginia by hosting a food drive! We encourage food donations from individuals, groups and food industry donors.
If you’re interested in hosting a traditional food drive, here are a few steps to get started:
- Find sturdy boxes to collect nonperishable items.
- You can also pick up Feed More branded food drive boxes.
- Simply head to our Community Donation Door at 1601 Rhoadmiller Street and our staff and volunteers can provide you with a small box (holds 30-40 pounds) or a large box (hold 100-150 pounds).
- Be sure to check out our guide on how to use our food drive donation boxes.
- Place your boxes in a prominent place where your team will see them.
- Make sure you’re collecting our most-needed nonperishable food items, listed below.
- Reach out to your networks to secure support for your food drive.
- If you need any assistance, please let us know– we’re here to help!
Food Drive Toolkit
We are here to help make your food drive a success. Here are some items to help you in your food collection:
Most needed items list
Food drive instructions and tips
Half page food drive flyer
Large food drive sign
Nonperishable distribution guidelines
Perishable distribution guidelines
Once you’ve completed your food drive:
- Nonperishable and perishable food donations may be dropped off at our main campus on Rhoadmiller Street.
- Our Community Donation Door, located at 1601 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond 23220, is open to the public and staffed by volunteers who will help unload and weigh your donations. The door is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- You can also drop off your nonperishable donation in the white storage POD located in our Building 2 parking lot (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and donations can also be conveniently dropped off 24/7 in any of the of the orange donations bins around campus.
- If you have a large donation, over 250 pounds, please contact us to schedule a time to pick up your donation.
Host a Virtual Food Drive
Feed More has teamed up with You Give Goods to create an easy way to get food to our neighbors in need! By participating in a virtual food drive you’re able to purchase some of the items Feed More most needs to help nourished our community. Simply visit You Give Goods, choose your items, purchase them and they will be delivered to Feed More. If your company, organization or family, would like to start your own virtual food drive, please contact us.
Find a Nearby Donation Point
To donate food or grocery products for neighbors in need, we offer a number of drop-off options at locations other than our Rhoadmiller campus.
Midas of Richmond has permanent food donation containers for collection of nonperishable food items at the several locations. In Richmond, stores at 5301 W. Broad St., 11463 W. Broad St. and 10160 Hull St. Rd. accept food donations. In Colonial Heights the Midas located at 1400 Boulevard also accepts donations for Feed More.
Food Industry Donors
Feed More depends on the generosity of the food industry to nourish our community. We recover excess product from manufacturers, wholesalers, growers, packers, grocers and more. We gladly accept product that is safe for consumption, yet is unsaleable for a number of reasons.
Donate your company products. If you are in the food service business, you can donate prepared and perishable food or household products for local people in need.
Join our Retail Recovery Program. Feed More can be an active partner in your company’s food sustainability programs. Local grocers and suppliers can contribute, rather than waste, food that is still usable but no longer available for sale.
Please contact our Food Donations Manager to learn about the products or produce that our community needs and how you can best contribute.
The Good Samaritan Law
Federal law encourages the donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act clarifies your protection from civil and criminal liability from products donated in good faith and standardizes these protections across all 50 states.
As a member of Feeding America’s food bank network, Feed More continues to meet or exceed the same federal food-handling and safety regulations that govern the food and grocery industry. For complete text of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, visit the Feeding America Web site at FeedingAmerica.org.