Are you looking to help the Cheshire Food Pantry? Below are some great ideas courtesy of the Connecticut Food Bank!
- Denim or Dress Down Days
Upon obtaining permission from management, employees pay $5 to dress down for a day. For an added bonus, ask upper management to pay double and/or match the donation. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to raise money in the workplace.
- Department Challenges
Have different departments challenge one another to see which can bring in the most food for a food drive. To make it easier and more fun, count by number of the same items, and come up with a theme by day, such as Macaroni Monday, Tuna Tuesday, Water Wednesday, Cereal Thursday or Peanut Butter Friday. Keep a running tally posted in visible areas. Offer a pizza party or breakfast to the winners.
- Helping Hands get a Hand
Ask employees for $1 or $5 each. To show off their generosity, they can write their name on a paper hand and proudly display it on their cubicle or office. Or they can be posted in the lunchroom or break room to show true team spirit!
- Host a Classic Raffle
Ask for donations or get a great gift donated and give raffle tickets to each employee who gives 5 or 10 cans of food or gives $5 or $10. The more food or funds donated, the more tickets they get!
- Sacrifice the Boss
Ask the boss to give herself or himself up for charity! For example, if your employees can raise X number of dollars for or X pounds of food, the boss will (shave/cut their hair, buy lunch for everyone, give everyone an afternoon off, etc.).
- Canned Food Sculpture Contest
Divide up by departments or families, have each group collect cans and make a sculpture. The winning team gets lunch or ice cream. Be sure to keep the labels on the cans! We can’t accept food without labels.
- Guess How Many…
Fill a large jar with virtually any item (maybe something that ties into your business?) and charge employees $5 (or 5 canned goods) per guess. The winner gets the jar, so make sure to fill it with something good!
- Ice Cream Social
Sponsor an afternoon ice cream social and ask for a $5 suggested donation (or 5 cans of food).
- Bake Sale
Everyone loves a bake sale. Ask employees to donate cookies, cakes, pastries, etc. and then sell them.
- Game Night
Host a game night at the office or at someone’s home to play Bunco, Poker or any other game. Make it a potluck and ask for a $10 donation to The Cheshire Community Food Pantry to participate.