FAQ

Thanks for your interest in running a Food & Fund Drive! It’s a great way to join together to give back to the community during this critical time.

How do I register for a Food Drive?

Thank you so much for considering holding a food drive! Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are temporarily halting delivery, swapping, and pickup of food collection barrels. The best way to support our neighbors in need during this time is to hold a Virtual Food Drive instead.

To start a drive, click here to begin the registration process and create a team page where you and your friends, family, and colleagues can make secure online donations.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this challenging period!

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 two healthy meals for every $1 donated.

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?

Yes! To assure that all donations are counted toward your team goal, please share your team page with 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 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.

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.

Can I still donate food?

Yes, we will gladly accept shelf-stable food donations delivered to our warehouses.

San Francisco
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-282-1907
Drop-off times: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 3 pm

San Rafael
2550 Kerner Boulevard
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-883-1302
Drop-off times: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 3 pm

What foods are needed most?

Our most needed items are:

  • Tuna, canned meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Soup, chili
  • Beans
  • Cereal
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Rice, pasta & oats
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.

I already have a barrel and it is full, how do I arrange a pick-up

Contact us at 415-282-1900, ext. 313 or funddrives@sfmfoodbank.org.

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.

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