A food drive is a form of charity that is in effect an organized effort by a group or individuals to stockpile and distribute foodstuffs to people that cannot afford food.
Non-perishable food items collected during a holiday food drive.
Food drives are operated in order to stock food banks that distribute food to homeless people, soup kitchens, vulnerable seniors, orphanages, refugees, and victims of disasters. There are also food drives to help people hold feasts on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Many are organized by community organizations, nonprofits, churches, and even individuals.