Checklist for College Liason

  1. Obtain approval from college authorities to hold food drive at the end of year. This approval usually comes from the residence life office, dormitory authority or equivalent housing office in charge of student living.
  2. In seeking approval, provide college authorities with the name and phone number of the food bank official who will act as liaison for the on-campus drive.
  3. Arrange the time and date for the food bins to be brought by the food bank to the food drop-off point on campus. Bins are usually placed in each dormitory although at some schools, several central points are selected within a close radius of the dormitories, or at other high traffic student areas.
  4. Obtain from your local food bank any flyers, posters or other informative material that will let the departing students know of the food drive effort to feed the hungry in their local communities.
  5. Clearly mark the food bins with the kinds of food stuffs acceptable (i.e., non-perishable, unopened food stuffs such as canned food, cereal boxes, and other similar non-perishables.)
  6. Arrange a time and place for you local food bank to pick up the bins at the end of the school semester. Avoid pick up on the last day or two of school when students are actually moving out since it would conflict with high volume traffic on campus.
  7. For an additional, productive food source, contact college food services to determine if unused student meal tickets can be donated by the students to your local food bank. In some colleges there has been success in converting these unused tickets as a donation or for equivalent non-perishable food items.
  8. Obtain final results of the poundage of food stuffs collected at the college and send these results along with a thank you letter to the college authorities who authorized the drive on campus.
  9. If you need information regarding your local food bank and your local food bank official who will act as liaison to your college, contact Dan Kahn via e-mail: