Food Build


Assured Life Association is sponsoring another Chapter Food Build this year in conjunction with the National Member Food Drive. This is a way chapters can earn a minimum of $100 from the home office for their food banks AND involve members in a fun event!

If you have a member food drive, please consider including a Food Build in your event plans.  It gets your members involved and excited about the event.  Take the cans and boxes of food and other food items collected and build something out of them; like building blocks.  Take pictures of your food build throughout the process and one of the final structure and submit those pictures to the home office by December 15, 2019 along with a description that includes the number of members and nonmembers involved, the total pounds of food collected, the approximate value of the total food collected and the number of hours spent on the food drive and food build.  A food build form can be completed online here.

Step 1. Build-Create a Food Build structure

Step 2. Share-Share pictures of your Food Build with the Home Office

Step 3. Earn-Earn at least $100 for your local food bank

If your chapter includes a Food Build in its Member Food Drive Event and sends pictures of its creation to the home office, the home office will donate at least $100 to your local Food Bank. Perhaps not as exciting as a contest, but just as effective for local food programs. Everyone that does a Food Build wins! We will share all Food Build entries on our website and blog and through member emails.

Once again, Assured Life’s Food Build event sparks some creativity! Last year, 3 chapters participated in the event; each earning $250 to the Food Bank or Food Program of their choosing; just for participating!

First, the Danish Brotherhood Lodge 33 in Tacoma, Washington, decided to add a member food drive to their annual picnic this year. Knowing that they wanted to do a food build in conjunction with the food drive, the lodge requested red and white colored food items (cans, boxes, packaging, etc.).  At the end of the day, the lodge laid out the food in such a way to represent the Danish Flag and their Danish heritage.  Great themed food drive, Tacoma!

It is estimated that the chapter collected 250 lbs of food valued at $425. Fifty members and guests participated in the event, all bringing food items and representing about 50 hours of community service.

Great job, DBIA Lodge 33!!

As part of Seattle Danish Brotherhood Lodge 29’s  yearly party honoring long time members, members were asked to collect and bring food donations to the event. The Chapter’s junior members are quite active in building their creation designed by their “official” build architect, Annelise Kromann. This year the Chapter honored the recent passing of Danish singer Kim Larsen.

DBIA Lodge 29 donated 777 lbs of food valued at approximately $1,500 plus over $400 in cash donations to Hopelink, serving homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties in the state of Washington. Nicely done, Seattle!

The Trolls of Danish Artist, Thomas Dambo, were the inspiration for Eugene, Oregon’s DBIA Lodge 348 Food Build this year.

Wrapped cans of food, packages of pasta, cheese hair, candy-bar beard, sausage fingers and potato toes means that DBIA Lodge 348’s Troll is completely edible and all of the 350+ lbs of food donated by Lodge 348 will go to Food for Lane County. The food collection is valued at approximately $585.

Great job, Eugene!




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