• A place where people come hungry, and leave hopeful

Host a Donation Drive for CES!

Help us care for our neighbors by hosting a donation drive for CES! Gather your friends, coworkers, church community, or sports team and help fill our pantry shelves with healthy food and personal hygiene products.

Steps for a Successful Donation Drive

1. Establish your Group and Set a Goal

Gather your neighborhood friends, coworkers, faith or civic community members together and set a target goal for your donation drive. This helps build excitement and momentum!

2. Register your Donation Drive below 

3. Determine your collection space and containers. Set a timeframe for your drive.

We recommend one to four weeks as a good collection window

CES has collection bins available (55 gallon plastic drums). You can request bins when you register, or email Owen LaVigne at olavigne@cesmn.org.

4. Promote Your Event!

Share the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of your food drive, along with your target goal.

Make the biggest impact through intentional giving! Visit our Donate Food and Donate Goods pages to see our most needed items.

Focus your drive and get creative!

Create a theme around some of our most-needed items, such as a Spice Drive, a Cooking Staples Drive (flour, sugar, oil), or a Personal Hygiene Drive

Promote a Cultural Foods Drive by focusing in on one of the many diverse communities that we serve, such as our Somali and Hispanic neighbors. Contact us for more information and details on how to promote a Cultural Foods Drive.

Use social media to help get the word out! Tag us in your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter posts. Use fliers, emails, posters, and newsletters to let people know about your drive.

5. Complete Your Drive and Plan your Drop-Off

Donations can be dropped off at CES Monday-Friday from 9am – 12pm. If you have a large donation (more than 30 grocery bags), or are not able to drop off during these hours, please contact Owen LaVigne at olavigne@cesmn.org or by phone at 612-870-1125 ext. 111 to make an appointment.

6. Celebrate and Stay Connected!

Consider volunteering to see first-hand the impact of your generosity and hard work!

Send us photos of your group! We may feature you in an upcoming social media post or newsletter.

Registration Form

Organizer’s Name(Required)
Donation Drop-Offs
Donations are accepted Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm. If you are unable to drop off during these times, or would like to request a donation pick-up, please contact Emily Ralph at 612-870-1125 or by email at eralph@cesmn.org.
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Do you need collection bins?
CES is able to provide up to 3 plastic barrels (55 gallon size) for collecting donations.
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What inspired you to do a drive for CES? Do you have a theme? What are your goals?
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