Thanks for your interest in running a Food & Fund Drive! It’s a great way to get your friends, office, group, school or congregation involved in giving back to the community. 


Where do my donations go?

Because we can leverage our bulk purchasing power to supplement food donations from manufacturers and farms, we’re able to distribute $5 of food for every $1 donated. And, 96% of all donated resources directly support our programs.

Food donations are sorted and boxed by our volunteers and then distributed to our 450 community partners who use it to prepare meals for those in need or to supplement the larger deliveries they receive from us. All food donated goes directly into the community.


Can I donate by cash/check?

You bet! To assure that all donations are counted toward your team goal, please provide your team’s URL to family, friends, and colleagues so they can donate via credit card online.


If paying by check, please make checks payable to the SF-Marin Food Bank, and be sure to include your company or team name. Please send all donations via FedEx, mail, or messenger to:


San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Attn: Food and Fund Drives
900 Pennsylvania Ave
San Francisco, CA 94107


How do I find out how much food and money my drive has raised?

The best way to find out how well your drive is doing is by viewing your personalized team page. All donations made through clicking the “donate now” button on your team page will be reflected on your meter within 30 minutes. Cash and check donations marked for your team take 5-7 business days upon receipt to be processed and reflected on your online team page. Food totals are updated once each week.


How do I get my tax donation receipt?

Individuals who donate online will receive an automated receipt via email. People who send monetary donations to the Food Bank of $5 or more will receive a receipt by mail.


How do I participate in my company's matching gift program?

Many corporations have a matching gift program. Please consult your Human Resources department to see if your company matches charitable contributions. When making a contribution that your company will match, be sure to enclose the paperwork required by your company with your gift. For more information on Workplace Giving with the Food Bank, click here.


How do I get barrels for my drive?

If you’d like to receive food collection barrels, we ask you to make the “400 Pound Pledge,” which is a commitment to collect at least 400 pounds of food (approx. two barrels). If you can make this commitment, we will provide two barrels. We have added this requirement due to limited resources and the increase in fuel costs.


If you think you won’t be able to collect 400 pounds, you are welcome to collect food donations in your own containers/boxes and we will pick them up after your drive if you have collected at least 100 pounds of food. If you collect less than 100 pounds, we ask that you deliver the food to either our San Francisco or San Rafael warehouse locations. We also ask that you allow at least 72 hours from registration for your barrels to be delivered.


On the date of your confirmed barrel delivery, our driver will arrive at your location with your barrels and will return for pickup on your confirmed pickup date. Please be sure to note any special delivery instructions when you register your request. Request you barrel here.



What foods are needed most?

Our most needed items are:

Tuna, canned meat
Peanut butter
Soup, chili
Canned fruit and vegetables
Whole grain rice, pasta & oats
No glass containers or perishable items, please!


Download a flyer of our most needed items here for English and here for Spanish.


Some general guidelines:

Only donate items that you would eat.
Make sure items are still within their “Use before” date.
No glass items, which can break.
Avoid perishable items like dairy, meat, chicken, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
We can only accept unopened items. We can accept opened packages if the internal packaging is still intact.
Please do not donate pet food. We recommend donating those items to your local animal shelter.



If you haven't found an answer to your questions, please contact funddrives@sfmfoodbank.org