Involve the Community
The economic slowdown has had an impact on many communities across the nation. The USDA estimates that in 2010, one in six people in the U.S. had trouble finding enough to eat. That statistic is probably as alarming to your community leaders and local business owners as it is to you. Even though the news sounds discouraging, there's a bright side. People recognize there's a need, and many who can help, want to help. When you plan your food drive, think big. Ask local businesses like grocery stores, movie theaters and large retailers for assistance. Some national chains have earmarked budgets for good works at the local level, so be bold. Ask for ideas and suggestions. You may end up with more support and resources than you ever expected.