It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s rewarding. Our food drives have gone digital!

It’s easier than ever to fundraise for the Food Bank through a Virtual Food Drive. Hosting a VFD is ultra-convenient and efficient. With just a few clicks, you can help us purchase our most-needed items and quickly get them to the 1 in 5 Alameda County residents we serve. Plus, you’ll see your donations stretch much further. Every $1 you donate helps provide $7 worth of food.

Still not convinced? Here’s some inspiration from 3 amazing VFD hosts:

  1. You like some competition.
    Local bike club C510 has been a longtime supporter of the Food Bank. They tie their VFD to a bike race every year and announce the fundraising winners at the finish. The group says the rivalry creates fun competition and some good drama. Pro tip: they recommend awarding prizes to top fundraisers as a little incentive.
  2. You work with a creative group of people.
    Alameda County doubles up on donations. Each year, they host both traditional food drives and virtual food drives to raise awareness about hunger in the community. Each department creates incredible “can-struction” displays with the donated food. From a giant Pacman made of pasta boxes and cans, to a garden grown from canned favorites – it’s a great way to get creative and competitive juices flowing. Last year, they collected over 20,000 lbs. of food and raised more than $11,000 for the Food Bank.
  3. You want your wedding (or birthday – or any celebration) to stand out.
    Amelia and Jonathan both called Alameda County home before they even met, and it will continue to be their home after they tie the knot. To kick off married life, they’re giving back rather than receiving on their wedding day. In lieu of a registry, they’re hosting a VFD for the Food Bank, which makes their special day even more memorable not just for them and their guests, but also for their community.

The bottom line: You can host a VFD for virtually any reason or occasion, and your involvement is critical in ending hunger. Ready to grab a digital shopping cart?