Local food pantries, homeless shelters and meal programs always need donations, and while money is great, the food items are essential.
If you're fundraising for one of these charities, channel your inner child and plan a scavenger hunt. Often used as a birthday party game, a scavenger hunt occurs when you divide people into teams and each team has to retrieve a list of items. Since everyone's doing the same list, the winners are based on who gets the most, in the least amount of time.
Your food bank scavenger hunt list may include items like:
- 10 boxes of instant rice
- 8 containers of salt
- 1000 paper plates
Target residential areas where you can go door-to-door or commercial areas with grocery or "big box" stores, like Wal-mart. Give each team a different area to canvass. The goal isn't to buy the items but to gather donations; however, accepting cash to buy the goods could be OK. Designate a starting point, finish line and start/stop times, as well as a drop-off place for depositing the loot during the hunt. Be sure that team members have some handouts about the food bank they're collecting for to show to donors.
A local business, like a restaurant or bowling lane, could donate a team prize for the winners.