Annual Food Drives

Food Drive Ideas

It can be helpful to consider your group, its makeup, and your goals when putting together a food drive. One model for a successful food drive would be to focus on something that is important to the group you are collecting food from.

  • One high school class collected all Macaroni & Cheese, a teenage favorite!
  • Another group put together Easter baskets each spring.
  • Consider holding a Baby Shower where guests bring in baby food, diapers, and other baby items.
  • Scavenger Hunt for Echo – divide groups into teams to canvas designated neighborhoods for food donations. Set a time limit and offer prizes for the most food collected or for special predetermined items.

Think about what is important to your group, or something they can relate to and give them the option to focus on this for the food drive.

Here are some promotional materials to get you started:

WE can provide you with boxes and signs. Please call 507-345-7477


Many churches in the Blue Earth County and North Mankato area have collection boxes located in their buildings to collect food for ECHO. If your church doesn’t have a collection box, see if you can start one!

Churches with collection boxes:

Belgrade Avenue United Methodist Church (BAUMC)
325 Sherman Street
North Mankato, MN 56003
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
720 S 2nd St
Mankato, MN 56001
Cambria Presbyterian Church
123 Ash Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
Epiphany Lutheran Church
600 Parkway Avenue
Eagle Lake, MN 56024
Grace Lutheran Church
320 E. Main Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Hosanna Lutheran Church
105 Hosanna Drive
Mankato, MN  56001
Messiah Lutheran Church
1706 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato MN 56003
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School
1123 Marsh Street
Mankato, MN  56001
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
632 Broad St. St
Mankato, MN 56001
St. John’s Episcopal Church
302 Warren Street
Mankato, MN 56001
(2nd weekend of the month only)
Saint Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church
105 N 5th St
Mankato, MN 56001

Let us know if your church has a collection box and we’ll include it on this list!