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Neighborhood Captains Program:

Run Your Own Dermer Dreams Food Drive!

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022

How it works:

  • Dermer Dreams delivers the student (Neighborhood Captain) 100 donation bags 2 weeks before the food drive 

  • The student distributes the bags to the residents a week before the food drive   

  • The student, along with a parent/adult over 18, picks up the donations and delivers them to the Dermer Dreams headquarters at the Fair Haven Fire House, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ.

  • Upon delivery, the student will receive a certificate confirming that they managed their own Dermer Dreams food drive that they can use to fulfill their charity requirement for their high school, university, honor society or other organizations.

It is the Captain's job to manage the program from start to finish. Your goal is to create your own food drive and collect as much food that will go directly on the plate of someone who is hungry. 

Main Program Points / Rules & Regulations:

1.  The Neighborhood Captain decides how to distribute the donation bags:

Distribute the bags to 100 consecutive homes in your town or to 100 different homes of people you know.  Some captains gave 3 bags to 33 people they know.  This decision is up to you.  Put some thought into it because this will determine if your food drive is successful.

2.  Adding a message from you inside the bag:

It is your decision if you want to include a message inside the bag from you.  Some of the most successful food drives are when Captains add something personal in addition to our notice.  Some Captains offer personal pick times where the donor could text them when to pick up their bag. 


3.  A PARENT or ADULT is required: 

If you are under the age of 18, you are required to get a parent or adult 18 or older who will drive the vehicle when you are picking up and delivering the donation bags from the homes to our headquarters.  

*** In order for the parent or adult to drive the vehicle, they must have a legal drivers license and the proper auto insurance in place.  Whichever vehicle you decide to use, you use this at 100% your own risk so please make sure the driver and vehicle have the proper insurance.

4.  It is your responsibility to figure out how you will  pick up the bags:

       Some options:  

  • The parent or adult drives your family car.

  • The parent or adult borrows and drives a vehicle from someone you know. 

  • The parent or adult rents a UHaul or similar vehicle.   

The student must figure out the best way to transport the food donations from your town to our headquarters located at the Fire House in Fair Haven, NJ at 645 River Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704. 

View our Frequently Asked Questions in our Go To Guide.

If you have any specific questions not answered in the FAQ's, please write