Heart of Illinois
United Way

Heart of Illinois United Way Day of Caring Food Drive

Day of Caring Food Drive

The 2017 Heart of Illinois United Way Day of Caring Food Drive will be Friday, September 8 and we need your help!

Demand at area food pantries continues to rise. In Illinois, 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger and lack access to the food they need to lead healthy, active lives. People throughout central Illinois need your help.

The Heart of Illinois United Way is once again asking area companies and organizations to hold food drives within the two weeks prior to September 8. The food drive offers a wonderful opportunity for team building, so we encourage you to form a team and get involved!

Families and individuals are invited to help, too! Just drop off your food donations on Friday, September 8 at the Peoria Civic Center (parking lot, corner of Kumpf and Jefferson) from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


To sign-up for the 2017 Food Drive, click here.

Here are creative materials to help you run a fun and successful drive...

Fact Sheet

This one-sheet Fact Sheet sums up why the food drive is more important than ever – we encourage you to share the flier/information with your employees...

What to Collect

To make sure pantries are stocked with nutritious, healthy staples here are some ideas on what is needed...

Tips on Collecting Food

Haven't run a food drive before? Here are ideas for the supplies and volunteers you'll need along with ideas for setting timelines and a goal...

Fun Ideas

A successful food drive will make it fun for employees and we've supplied you with a handful of ideas to incorporate into your efforts...

Food Drive Can Dollar

Have employees who don't have time to shop? Print out these cans and use money collected to purchase food for your drive (includes a how-to sheet and the sheet to print)...

Sample Messages

Whether you send them via email or post them in a company newsletter, here are sample messages that you can customize and use during your food drive...


We have a general food drive flier that you can use, along with one to customize (includes a sheet of directions)...

Goal Poster

Available as an 8.5 by 11 sheet or an 11 by 17 poster...

Sign for the collection box

Don't forget to mark the collection spot!

Payroll stuffer

Print this piece (3 per page) and stuff it into your employees payroll envelopes....

Thank You to Our 2017 Day of Caring Underwriter

HOIUW day of Caring Food Drive Underwriter

Thank You to Our 2017 Food Drive Partner

HOIUW day of Caring Food Drive Partner