These are just ideas, but feel free to let your creativity flow and come up with your own. New events are always fun!

Please note that all events where food is served or sold (i.e. bake sales, soup lunches, etc.) are for OSU faculty, employees and students only.

  • Bake Sales
  • Cake Walks
  • Taco and Chili Feeds
  • Salad, Soup and Potato Bars
  • Pizza Parties
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Potlucks
  • Book Sales
  • Popcorn Sales
  • Silent Auctions
  • Craft Bazaar
  • Film Festival
  • Pop Can Collection Station
  • Auction Off A Manager
    "Walk an hour in my shoes." (has the potential to build better understanding between management and classified staff)
  • Recycled Treasures Sale
    "One person's junk is another's treasure."
  • Special Events
    Ask for a can/cans of food as admission to special events (film series, concerts, etc.), and then make sure that a container is available nearby for more donations.
  • Valentines - Lots of Possibilities
    Singing Telegrams, Balloon Sale, Flower Sale, Chocolate Sale, Valentine Card Sale, Photo Shoot. Place donation jars and food bins near breakrooms, copiers, and fax machines.
  • Bag It
    Sponsor a brown bag lunch and ask staff to donate the cost of a lunch out or ask everyone to bring a lunch sack of non-perishable foods to donate.
  • Pyramid Power
    Have teams build a pyramid of food or have teams bring foods representing the nutritional food pyramid.
Living Groups:
  • Organize challenges between students groups, i.e., between sororities and fraterntiies, residence halls, etc. Winners receive cookies or other rewards from the losers, a special certificate or anything else you decide.
  • Organize a sacrifice dinner and donate the money sacrificed to the Food Drive.
Food Drive "Food Rules"

The following guidelines should be observed regarding potluck, chili feeds, food sales, etc. To be on the safe side, please hold your private or interoffice food events in lunchrooms, break rooms, or conference rooms. (preferably with hand washing facilities nearby) All events where food is served or sold (i.e. bake sales, soup lunches, etc.) are for OSU faculty, employees and students only.

Do not advertise or sell foods to the public unless they are commercially prepared/packaged, or you have acquired the appropriate licenses from the county health department. Please use discretion in the locations that you post informational flyers and posters about food events. (especially those of you in buildings that have restaurants, cafes, or cafeterias run by outside vendors)

Safe food preparation guidelines should always be observed.

Note: $1 = 4 pounds of food = over 3 meals