Host a Food Drive

Many churches, schools and businesses donate Food or Clothing to ECCO. For an easy way to host a food drive go to


Common questions to ask yourself before starting a food drive:

  1. What dates do you want your food drive to occur?
  2. Do you want the food drive to have a theme, such as “help the hungry?”
  3. Have you contacted ECCO to find out what we need?
  4. Do you have a committee of helpers?
  5. How will you publicize the drive?
  6. Do you want ECCO to provide grocery bags and/or flyers?
  7. Is there a designated person who will deliver the food to ECCO or does we need to pick up the food at the end of the food drive?


Easy steps to a successful food drive

Plan ahead:

  • Select a leader or leadership committee to plan the strategy and theme.
  • Determine your drive’s length (from one day to a week or an entire month).
  • Contact ECCO before moving forward.

Promote your drive:

  • Two weeks before the drive, hang posters, pass out flyers, with the date(s), who will receive the food and what types of food is needed.
  • Contact ECCO for any posters or printed materials and bags.
  • Build awareness and visibility
  • Promote the food drive on your marquee or outside signage.


Many businesses conduct food drives for ECCO and some of the following steps could also help:

  • Arrange for an ecco speaker to come to your organization.
  • Ask us for information on hunger and use it in your newsletter.
  • Be creative and use existing resources! Any type of sturdy box will work (ex: copier paper box) boxes can be decorated and encourage participation. Or we can provide large barrels.
  • Place collection containers in convenient, high-traffic areas of your building.
  • Create categories to motivate participants, ex: largest individual donation, most unusual food, most pounds per department, etc.
  • Themed competitions, ex: Clemson verses South Carolina, accounting vs. sales, etc.
  • Match your employees’ donations per pound.
  • Give incentives to participate: movie passes, gift certificates, parking spaces, free lunch, casual day, etc.
  • Update employees on the progress of the drive.
  • Promote via social media! Encourage your staff to follow ECCO on Facebook and Twitter.


For more information please contact Paul Suchy, Warehouse Manager, at or call 843.849.9220.


Click here for more information on how to start your own drive, visit, or call 877-526-4483 or email