Virtual Food Drive FAQs

About the Feeding America Virtual Food Drive Program

What is a Virtual Food Drive?

The Feeding America Virtual Food Drive is a unique tool designed to allow individuals and companies to create their own custom donation page in order to raise funds on behalf of Feeding America.

Why should I hold a Virtual Food Drive in place of a traditional Food Drive?

A Virtual Food Drive will help provide more meals and it will help reach those in need across America. Each dollar donated to Feeding America helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of our member food banks.

How can one dollar help provide 9 meals?

Feeding America benefits from the unique relationship between our 202 local member food banks at the front lines of hunger relief and is able to secure food from large corporate manufacturers and retailers through nationwide initiatives and facilitate the acquisition of government-supplied food.

Read more information on how our network works. Start your Virtual Food Drive now.

Who benefits from my donation?

All funds raised in response to the Feeding America Virtual Food Drive Program represent a gift to Feeding America's mission to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Disbursement of funds cannot be designated to specific member food banks within the Feeding America network. If a Virtual Food Drive is created in honor of a person, it is the sole responsibility of the Virtual Food Drive creator to discuss his/her intentions to raise money for Feeding America in the name of the honoree with the honoree(s) and/or the honoree(s) family members in order to receive the honoree(s) approval of the endeavor.

Who controls the content on Feeding America Virtual Food Drive pages?

The individual who creates the Feeding America Virtual Food Drive has the ability to post content and images on the personal Web page. Feeding America has the right to remove any objectionable content posted to a Feeding America Virtual Food Drive. Feeding America also reserves the right to contact the creator or disable any Feeding America Virtual Food Drive at any time.

If you viewed any objectionable or inappropriate content on a Feeding America Virtual Food Drive page or if you have any additional questions, please contact us.

Creating and Managing Your Feeding America Virtual Food Drive

How do I create a Feeding America Virtual Food Drive fundraising web page?

From the Virtual Food Drive landing page, click the orange button that says "Start a Virtual Food Drive". You will be then taken to a second page to choose if the Virtual Food Drive you are starting is personal or for a company, once that selection is made, you will be prompted to complete a short and simple registration process to create a personalized web page to raise donations for Feeding America.

Is there a fee to start a Virtual Food Drive?

There is no fee required to start a Virtual Food Drive page. However, during the registration you will be able to make a gift that will count towards your Virtual Food Drive fundraising goal.

What is the Fund Management Center?

Once you have created your Feeding America Virtual Food Drive web page you will have access to the Fund Management Center, this is the management center for your Virtual Food Drive web page. When logged into the Fund Management Center you can update your story and photos, manage donations, send email messages, and more.

How do I edit or update my site content?

Once you have created your Feeding America Virtual Food Drive web page, you can edit and update your story, photos and site layout in your Fund Management Center. Click on the link Login to your Fund Management Center and enter your username and password.

I don't remember my username and password. How can I request it?

Click on the link to Login to your Fund Management Center and follow the instructions to request your username or password be sent to you via email.

Why don't I see any donations to my fund?

At least two donations need to be made to your fund for them to appear in the "Recent donors" box on your fundraising Web page.

How do I tell others about my Web page?

In the Fund Management Center, you have access to tools that allow you to easily email your friends and create a personalized Web address that you can share with friends and family.

Can I enter checks or cash donations I receive?

Yes, the online tools allow you to record checks and cash donations that you receive offline and add the amounts to your fundraising total. Login to your Fund Management Center and click the "Fund Summary" button located along the top navigation. Then click "Enter Gifts Received Offline" to record these types of donations.

Can I update or delete photos on my Virtual Food Drive Page?

Yes. You can add, update, and remove photos at any time. Follow these steps to modify your photo:

  1. Login to your Fund Management Center.
  2. Click on "Fund Page" along the top navigation, this will take you to a preview of your fund page.
  3. To edit the page, click the link "Click here to open this page for editing" located in the "Edit Fund Page" box located above the preview of your fund page.
  4. Scroll down to Upload a Photo. Click on "Choose File" or "Upload a different image"
  5. If you want to delete an image, click the "Delete this image" button.

How can I create a photo album?

Yes. You can add up to 10 photos along with a title and a story to each photo. You can also add, update, and remove photos at any time. Follow these steps to create a photo album:

  1. Login to your Fund Management Center.
  2. Click on "Fund Page" along the top navigation, this will take you to a preview of your fund page.
  3. To edit the page, click the link "Click here to open this page for editing" located in the "Edit Fund Page" box located above the preview of your fund page.
  4. Scroll down to Photo Album. Click on the Photo Album name you want to update. This takes you to the Edit Photo Album page.
  5. Check the box "Yes, please include Photo Albums in the Fund Page"
  6. Name your photo album in the "Heading" field
  7. Click on "Fund Photo Page"
  8. Enter the title and description of your album and the select the "choose file" button to upload the image you want in your album. Title and story are optional.
  9. When you are finished uploading images to your album scroll to the top and click the "Upload images" button, this will save the photos uploaded.
  10. Click on "Fund Page" along the top navigation, this will take you to a preview of your fund page.
  11. The link to your photo album will appear above the fundraising goal thermometer.

My photo(s) are not appearing ... what's wrong?

  • Make sure the photo is no larger than 300x225 pixels
  • The files must be jpeg, gif or png files. If you don't see your image after you upload it, try saving it as a jpeg and reloading it.
  • Your image file may be too large. The maximum file size is 1.5 Mb.

About Food Drives and Food/Grocery Donations

I want to hold a traditional Food Drive collecting food and other grocery items

If you are beginning to organize a traditional food drive to collect food and other grocery items, it's important that you do so in conjunction with your local food bank. Your local Feeding America member can provide advice on food safety, what types of items to accept or refuse, and what timing makes the most sense for your event. Often, our member food banks have regularly-scheduled food drives throughout the year, and your neighborhood efforts will have the maximum effect if held in conjunction with theirs.

Use our online food bank finder to contact your local Feeding America member food bank today.

My company is interested in donating bulk food and/or grocery items.

Whether you are interested in donating a truckload of onions, several pallets of close-to-code granola bars, a tote of frozen vegetables, a pallet of mixed and assorted dairy products, or 20 cases of shampoo, we ensure your donation reaches millions of Americans in need through our network of member food banks.

Our members can transport dry, refrigerated, and frozen products of any quantity from your warehouse or plant. Food banks routinely handle products deemed close-to-code, out of code with extended shelf-life recommendations, off spec, discontinued, seasonal, promotional, overage, etc.

If your company is interested in donating bulk food and/or groceries, please visit the Product Donations section for more information.

General Feeding America FAQs

I am looking for information about Feeding America that is not about the Virtual Food Drive.

For more information about Feeding America and answers to frequently asked questions about donations, please visit the general FAQ section.