Become a Hunger Day box collector!

Photo: Marjaana Malkamäki / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Hunger Day collection helps save lives. The collection is best known for the volunteer box collectors wearing red vests in the streets. The next Hunger Day box collection takes place between 23 and 25 September 2021.

Collecting is fun and easy. Everyone is very welcome to become a volunteer collector!

You can become a box collector in one of two ways:

  • Sign up in advance, and we will contact you
  • Check the Hunger Day events organised where you live and sign up at the collection point
More than 95%
of collectors say they would like to do it again

Questions and answers about box collecting

The Hunger Day box collection takes place between 23 and 25 September 2021. You will need to bring a photo ID and weather-appropriate clothing.

Please sign up in advance – in some towns, however, volunteering is possible without registering in advance.

You will only need to bring a photo ID and weather-appropriate clothing. Remember to bring your own gloves to make box collecting as safe as possible in the coronavirus pandemic.

You can choose for how long and where you wish to collect. You can volunteer for all three box collection days or even for just 30 minutes.

The best places to collect are areas where people are out and about. You can also pick up the box on your way to work and ask your colleagues whether they would like to donate to Hunger Day.

In addition to box collecting, you can collect donations online. The easiest way to participate in Hunger Day is to become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser.

The best places to collect are areas where people are out and about. Standing in front of shops and Alko stores is a good option. When you receive your collection box and vest from the volunteer handing them out, ask for their advice on where to collect.

Anyone can become a box collector. Primary school-aged children must be joined by a sufficient number of adults to be in charge of the boxes and children. Hobby groups, groups of colleagues and school classes can also participate.

A box collector does not need to be a member or volunteer of the Red Cross; anyone who wants to help by providing their time can join in.

Anyone can become a box collector. Primary school-aged children must be joined by a sufficient number of adults to be in charge of the boxes and children. Upper stage comprehensive school students can go and collect together as a group. Hobby groups, school classes or sports clubs can also pick up a box or few and collect together.

The easiest way to participate in Hunger Day is to collect donations online and in social media.

Become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser!

Become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser
Become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser

Information about the Hunger Day collection

The Hunger Day collection raises uncommitted funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The funds are not committed in advance to any specific target. Therefore, the funds can be spent quickly where the need for aid is the greatest.

Right now, there are more than 45 million people suffering from a severe food shortage in Southern Africa, for example. Funds collected on Hunger Day can be used to supply emergency aid to the area. Cash grants and food aid can help people make it through the worst. Without food there is no safety, no hope, no future.

In Finland, the Hunger Day donations e.g. aid victims of fires and maintain preparedness for providing aid under exceptional circumstances.

At least 80 cents from each euro donated to the Disaster Relief Fund are directed towards an aid operation. According to the rules of the Disaster Relief Fund, the collection expenses must not exceed 20 per cent.

These expenses are made up of acquiring collection equipment, such as collection boxes and vests, as well as collection safety and communications. The rules of the Disaster Relief Fund and the strict control regulate the use of the donated funds.

Around the world:

  • €1.2: soap for a family living in a refugee camp to prevent coronavirus infections
  • €3.8: three days’ worth of food for a family suffering from food shortage
  • €5: a fruit tree for a family suffering from food shortage to ensure an independent source of food
  • €35: a drought-resistant garden for a family to ensure an independent source of food.

In Finland:

  • €1: a face mask for a volunteer
  • €50: training in psychosocial support for a volunteer
  • €160: clothes for a fire victim.

Donate or participate as a digital fundraiser or box collector. The Hunger Day box collection hits the streets of Finland on 23–25 September 2021. Donations are collected online during September and October.

Donation methods

  • Donate online using the online form
  • Donate €15 – Text the word SPR to the number 16499
  • Use MobilePay to transfer the desired sum to the number 10900
  • Make a bank transfer to the account FI52 5000 0120 4156 73, reference number 5173
  • Donate to the Hunger Day Facebook fundraiser
  • Donate to the joint Hunger Day online collection
  • Donate €5 – Text the word SPR5 to the number 16499
  • Donate €10 – Text the word SPR10 to the number 16499
  • Donate €20 – Call 0600-122 20 (€20.28 + local network charge)
  • Use Pivo to transfer the desired sum to the number 888500
  • Donate at the store checkout at Tokmanni

Yes. For example, people who have lost their homes in fires need help with necessary purchases, starting with a toothbrush. The Red Cross also provides psychosocial support for accident victims and their families.

The coronavirus crisis has emphasised the importance of being prepared. The Hunger Day donations allow us to maintain our preparedness for operating under exceptional circumstances.

The Disaster Relief Fund is also used to support the preparedness of the Voluntary Rescue Service. These volunteers support the authorities e.g. in finding missing persons and during major accidents.

Hunger Day is a Finnish Red Cross collection organised in September each year. Hunger Day was born when the volunteer Mailis Korhonen from Pälkäne had an idea for the ”fundraising campaign for everyone in Pälkäne” in 1980.
The event quickly spread throughout the country and is currently organised in nearly every Finnish municipality.

The first Hunger Day collection was organised to help the victims of famine in East Africa, hence the name Hunger Day. Back then, people were encouraged to eat lightly on Hunger Day and donate the saved funds to the collection.
Today, you can spend Hunger Day as you wish – not even feasting is forbidden. The idea of Hunger Day is that everyone should have food and those in need should receive aid.