As the current academic year winds down, we are inviting your school to participate in The Salvation Army School Food Drive to be held next fall. We are grateful for schools that step up every year to provide food for the families we serve in Onondaga County. Thanks to the generosity of students and families, more than 2,600 families received food baskets last December as part of Christmas Bureau Distribution. Additionally, our Food Pantry provides meals to hungry families every week of the year. Since 1883, we have focused on the same goal: serving the most people, meeting the most needs and doing the most good. Help us ‘Make Change Happen’ by hosting a School Food Drive.

Thank you for helping us Make Change Happen!



Together, we can make change happen and have a big impact in our community. School Food Drives provide an educational opportunity about the need in our communities while enriching the lives of those who participate. Many schools turn the School Food Drive into grade level competitions, which is a fun way of increasing involvement.

It is very easy for YOUR SCHOOL to get involved. Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete the School Food Drive Registration Form (see below) by June 30th or print and fax it to 315-475-6307
  2. Plan for the delivery of your collection barrel(s) during the week of November 6th
  3. Collect non-perishable food items during your School Food Drive which can be held anytime from Nov. 13th - Dec. 14th
  4. Make sure your filled collection barrels are ready on Dec. 15th, when volunteers will pick up donations directly from your school!
  5. What do we need? The Food Wish List below can be printed to let students and parents know our biggest needs!

School Food Drive Registration Form


School Food Drive Wish List

Printable Food Drive Poster

If you have any questions about the School Food Drive, please call 315.434.1370 or send an e-mail to We would be happy to visit your school to speak with your students about how The Salvation Army is making a difference in the lives of those we serve.