There are many different ways you can get involved with your own Haunts Against Hunger food drive. Keep in mind, as a movement, it is up to our team, you, the volunteer, to step up and take charge of your own drive. If you are not of the personality to step up to the challenge, we recommend you do not get involved.
"Taking charge" really means taking responsibility of the collection process and transportation of your food. We have been very dedicated to our cause and we hope that you will have the same level of dedication being part of the Haunts Against Hunger team. It’s a selfless act of giving.
It takes a special kind of person to be willing to get involved in our cause and make positive change in his or her community. We are not trying to scare you off (no pun intended), we just want to be clear that organizing a food drive can require some work on your part.
To be successful, it will require you to use your creativity to let people in your community know about your drive, whether that's by posting fliers at the local grocery store or by visiting your Village Hall and asking them to plug it on their website. What I can tell you is this: when it's all said and done, it's a great feeling to know all that you have done to help your fellow human and animals in need. Think about it - what comes right after Halloween? The holidays - the times when those in need should be able to have a good meal.
Before you join Haunts Against Hunger, here are our simple rules:
Rule #1~You need to declare the food pantry, animal shelter or rescue you are collecting for. If you are unsure, we can assist you finding an area pantry/shelter and if needed, make contact to get the ball rolling. It's obviously important to make contact with the benefactor to not only let them know your intentions, but in many cases, they'll ask how they can assist you.
Rule #2 ~ All food drives will only collect food for their respected benefactors. Under NO circumstance will a Haunts Against Hunger food drive collect any currency. The purpose of the drive is to act as a collection point for food that will be transported to the area pantry/shelter. The only monetary donations that can be accepted are a check, cashier’s check or money order made out directly to the pantry/shelter. If we are informed otherwise, we will terminate our relationship with you.
What type of events can become Haunts Against Hunger food drives?
There are many different ways to get the word out about Haunts Against Hunger. Here are a few ways that we have collected in the past.
Yard Haunts- Halloween has all the makings of a really fun celebration. For many residents, the best part of Halloween is being able to share their extreme Halloween enthusiasm with the rest of their community. If you have a yard haunt, you can post your home here to share with fellow Halloween lovers. What's the scariest, spookiest, spider-webbed haunt in your town? You can find many of the best Halloween-themed homes and haunted attractions here!
Haunt Attractions- If you have a haunt attraction, there are many ways you can collect food and in the process, possibly get some positive publicity in return. Here are a few examples:
• Publicize on your marketing material that your attraction is collecting food for your area food pantry/shelter. All Haunts Against Hunger food drive will have permission to use the official HAH logo on their promotional material, website, etc.
• Contact local news and media outlets and advise them of your food drive. It is a positive spin on a story that is related to the season and shows that your attraction cares about your community.
• Some attractions have gone as far as offering a discount at the door for people who bring a can of food. Please note, this is not mandatory and your haunt attraction is your business. You know what your bottom line is; however, some have used this as an incentive to attract more business.
Local Businesses- Any business can get involved. Of course, being a Halloween-related shop would be great, but it is not required. One of our best supporters is Hollywood Cinemas. Hollywood Cinemas has two theaters in the Chicago area. During the week of Halloween, they collect food and give away movie passes in return. We also have a large area bar that is using their annual Halloween party to become a collection point. The possibilities are endless and is only limited to how creative you want to be. We will be more than happy to help assist you with ideas.
Schools- Most schools have an annual Halloween party. This is a perfect opportunity to have a food drive and have children bring in a can.
Halloween Parties-These are great opportunities for friends and family to get together for some good scary fun. Why not ask your guests to bring a can a food?
Community Events- How about a zombie walk or a parade? Or possibly you are having a community Halloween dance? What a perfect opportunity to collect food for your food drive!