Create a Shelter Pantry as a Team Activity

Create a Shelter Pantry as a Team Activity

One team activity that you can use that will pull your team together and serve the community is to have your team create a shelter pantry that they will then deliver to a local organization, such as a soup kitchen or shelter.

Run a Food Drive

Create a Shelter Pantry as a Team ActivityThe first step to building your pantry for this team activity is to run a food drive. Planning your food drive entails deciding what to collect, how, when, and where. Part of this team activity entails designating various places throughout the workplace as drop-off stations for employees, and appointing one person to man each drop-off station and take collected items to a central drop-off point at the end of each day.

Promote the food drive throughout your organization using flyers, emails, and word of mouth, and be sure the let people know the purpose for the food drive and when it will end.

Decide What to Collect

Before you advertise you food drive, you should determine what items you want to collect so people can donate items that coincide with your needs. Good items to collect for a food drive include foods that are non-perishable; healthy items like low-sodium canned goods and whole grains; non-food essentials, such as wipes, diapers, cleaning supplies, and items for personal care; and pantry staples, including peanut butter, soup, tuna, rice, and beans.

When you are collecting items, make sure that none of the cans are dented, leaky, rusty, or unlabeled. You should also carefully inspect the expiration date of each donated item and discard of any items that are past expiration.

 Deliver the Bounty at the End of the Team Activity

 The last step to take at the end of this team activity, when your pantry shelves are full, is to deliver the collected food to the organization you have chosen to serve. Again, make sure all expiration dates have been checked. Sort all of the items, grouping like items together, and place the items in separate bags or boxes. This will help the organization to whom you are delivering unload the items in an orderly fashion.

Before you deliver the food to the organization, confirm a drop-off time, and take plenty of team members to help unload the items. By having team members aid in the unloading of the food for the selected organization and staying to help stock its shelves, you give the team members a chance to see who the food will be going to and the impact of their donations of both time and food.