No matter what time of year it is, our Food Pantry is always looking for schools who are willing to host a Food Drive. 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 3,500 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) and scan and email to:
  2. Plan for the delivery of your collection barrel(s) during the week before your drive will be held.
  3. Collect non-perishable food items for a period of time determined by you and your school!
  4. Make sure your filled collection barrels are ready to go at your main office and our team will come and pick them up.
  5. What do we need? The Food Drive Flyer & Wish List below can be printed to let students and parents know our biggest needs!

School Food Drive Wish List

Printable School Food Drive Flyer

Food Drive Registration Form

If you have any questions about the School Food Drive, please call 315.479.1162 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.