Ms. Cheap's Penny Drive
When we pool together a little here and a little there, we can make a big impact!
Ms. Cheap wants your loose change! Since 2009, the fund drive led by Mary Hance (aka Tennessean columnist Ms. Cheap) has raised more than $715,000 – the equivalent of nearly 3 million meals!
This year’s Penny Drive starts Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31, 2020. Invite your company, church, group, school, or family to participate.
Most groups turn the Penny Drive into a little friendly competition. For example, one year a family offered an ice cream party to the first St. Bernard Academy homeroom to fill its can. Logistics firm V. Alexander & Co. rewarded Penny Drive donations with a fun perk – blue jean Fridays.
Due to the pandemic, we highly recommend taking your Penny Drive online this year.
Email Valerie Reta, and she’ll get your team set up online here. Then all you have to do is share your team’s link, and watch the pennies roll in!
To keep everyone safe during COVID, you’ll notice a few changes from years’ past. Most notably, we won’t be distributing collection cans this year. Also, we can’t accept Penny Drive donations at Second Harvest because our lobby is closed.
If you decide to collect coins and cash, please drop off your Penny Drive donations at one of these locations:
Read these inspiring Penny Drive stories
• Diane Bringht, who greets and seats customers at the White Bridge Road Waffle House has posted several penny cans around the restaurant for customers to donate and gave additional cans to friends and customers so they can collect on their own! Diane once received much-needed food assistance at a Second Harvest Partner Agency, where she now volunteers.
• Lynette Hicks used the Penny Drive as part of her family’s Thanksgiving festivities–all proceeds from their board game and card game competitions will be donated to the penny drive!
• Wilson Bank & Trust, a Penny Drive sponsor, held a friendly competition between all of their branches to see which ones could give out the most penny cans. They distributed 86 cans in just two weeks, creating great conversation about hunger and raising money too!
Ms. Cheap Wants to Hear How YOU Collect
We love when people get creative with their collecting, and we want to tell those stories as part of the campaign, so please share your Penny Drive stories.
Share on Facebook and Twitter using #mscheap or send her an email.