Open Table relies on food drives year round from the local community in order to meet the needs of its clients that cannot be met through our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, local grocers, and farms. These non-perishable items – including your donations, are accompanied by fresh produce, meat, dairy, eggs, and prepared foods to help our clients prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families. Without these valuable contributions, we would not be able to serve the 300+ families we serve each week in our community.
A food drive can be as big or small as you wish. It may be a group of friends all contributing a themed donation at a get together, a neighborhood working together to support its local community, or an organization or team organizing a larger scale public food drive. Working together towards a greater goal is a meaningful way to promote team building, facilitate bonding within your group, and support your community.
Register your Food Drive activity with us! Once you register your activity, an Open Table volunteer community coordinator will contact you and work with you to ensure you have a fun and successful activity.
Hosting a Food Drive
We are so grateful for the many organizations and individuals in our community who host food drives for Open Table. Food drives not only generate food, they also generate awareness of the terrible problem of hunger in our communities. Hosting a food drive can be easy and fun, and it is a great project for a club, scout troop, school, business, or neighborhood to do together. There are four simple steps: plan, promote, collect, and deliver.
Always needed foods:
- Cereal (whole grain, low sugar preferred)
- Oatmeal or whole grain hot cereals
- Jam and/or jelly
- Coffee (ground or instant, not coffee pods)
- Tea and/or hot chocolate
- Almond or soy milk (shelf stable)
- White tuna in water
- Stews and/or other canned meat proteins
- Pasta sauce (marinara, with meat and/or veggies)
- Soups (hearty, kid-friendly, vegetarian and/or cream style)
- Side dishes (pilaf, noodle dishes, whole grain side dishes)
- Gluten-free side dishes/foods of any type
- Nuts, dried fruits, snack mixes
- Snack-size juice boxes
- Snack-size milk or chocolate milk boxes