Host A Food & Fund Drive

Food & Fund Drives are a great way to increase the supply of food and resources to neighbors in need.

Food & Fund Drive FAQ

Thanks for your interest in hosting a Food and Fund Drive!

Your efforts make an enormous difference in the amount and variety of foods we are able to distribute to feed hungry people in Peoria, Tazewell and Mason counties. Here is a list of frequently asked questions to help you in launching, organizing and running your drive.

Our collection bins can be picked up at our warehouse at 721 W McBean Street or delivered directly to you. If you would like to schedule a pickup or delivery time, please call 309-671-3906.

Food pickup becomes cost prohibitive when we schedule small pickups. We ask that if the amount of food collected is less than that which would fit in the back of a pickup truck, please deliver to us at 721 W McBean Street. You may drop your donation off Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please give the Food Bank at least 48-hour notice for pickup requests.

Yes! If you have a few grocery bags or a few small boxes full of food that you’d like to drop off, then you can come to the Peoria Area Food Bank. Food Bank hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To make sure that your food drive provides the most nutritious food possible, we recommend that you apply these guidelines:

  • Use the MyPlate nutrition guide to select nutritious, nonperishable foods. These items are most useful to our member agencies in meeting the nutritional needs of their clients.
  • For the safety of those we serve, we do not accept opened items, items with expired dates and homemade items. Please view our Most Needed Items list.

Your food donations will make a great impact and go to our partner food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Some food donations may go to disaster relief outside our service area, but only if we have excess.  Monetary donations are strictly used to continue our operations and our programs serving Peoria, Tazewell, and Mason counties only.

People usually want to give money if they cannot give food items and that is wonderful! Please encourage monetary donations as well. Due to our positive relationships with food industry donors and our large volunteer base, $1 provides 5 meals.

Please reference your group/organization on the check or envelope and drop off all donations to:
Peoria Area Food Bank
721 W McBean Street
Peoria, IL  61605

Or encourage donors to text GIVEFB to 41444 to donate via text.

Individuals who donate online will receive an automated receipt via email. Individuals who send monetary donations to the Peoria Area Food Bank will receive a thank you letter by mail with tax deductible information on the letterhead.

Food & Fund Drive Toolkit

Get the tools you’ll need to help promote your food or fund drive.

“How To” And Getting Started:

Most Needed Items List
How To/Fun Ideas

Posters and Graphics:

Food Drive Poster

Peoria Area Food Bank Logo

For questions regarding hosting a food & fund drive, please contact:

Jeanette Wennmacher
Agency Relations Specialist