Dermer Dreams

Neighborhood Captain Program

Empowering Students to Fight Hunger…One Bag at a Time.

Dermer Dreams provides high school students a streamlined platform along with the supplies and support to run their own successful food drive.

Twice a year, students pick up the food and deliver it to our drop sites. 

Upon completion of the program, students earn 10 Hours of Community Service.

Check out below How it Works & Strategies to Consider.

Watch this video – it will answer all of your questions about the Neighborhood Captain Program.

How It Works

Earn 10 Community Service Hours!

Create & Manage your own food drive.

  • Students sign up as a Neighborhood Captain.
  • Dermer Dreams delivers 100 donation bags to the Captain 2 weeks before the food drive.
  • The Captain creates their strategy and distributes the donation bags one week before the food drive.
  • On the date of the food drive, the student, along with a parent or adult over 18, pick up the donations and deliver them to the Dermer Dreams drop site.
  • Upon delivery, the Captain receives a certificate for 10 Hours of Community Service


It is the Neighborhood Captain’s job to manage the program from start to finish.

Strategies to consider:

Use the ideas below and others you come up with to create the best strategy to collect as much food as possible.

  • Use Venmo to raise money to go shopping and fill a portion of your bags.
  • Give bags to family members & friends.
  • Give multiple bags to people you know.  For example, give 3 bags to 33 people you know instead of giving 100 bags to people you do not know.
  • Include a personal note inside of the bag. It could be the reason why you want to help people who are less fortunate.
  • Offer personal pick-up times where the person can text you to pick up.


Be Creative and Design the best strategy for you!


See how this student used Venmo to fill bags!