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Pop Tab Collecting

Your pop can tabs make a big difference!


In 1987, VFW Post #295 and Auxiliary founded the Pop Tab Collection Program for our chapter which is now in use at Ronald McDonald House chapters across the country.  We’re proud to have created a program that allows groups of all ages to help support families facing the serious illness of a child. 

It’s a small gesture, but collecting pop can tabs can make a big difference – in fact, since its founding, the Pop Tab program has raised more than $800,000 for our chapter!  These funds have helped cover program costs at our locations across the Twin Cities and have had a significant impact on the families we serve. 

Saving pop tabs is easy and fun!  Schools, churches, scout troops, businesses, neighbors and families have all enjoyed collecting pop tabs, knowing that they are making a difference to the families. 

Here's how to get started

  1. Place a collection container in a central location at home, work, or school. You may use your own container, such as an ice cream bucket, coffee can or Ziploc bag.
  2. Download container labels (Avery 5164), if you wish.
  3. When your container is full, drop off your pop tabs at our administrative offices during office hours (9am-5pm) any weekday. Or contact a McDonald’s restaurant near you to see if they are a drop-off site.

  4. Also, you may order small, reusable pop tab collection houses by emailing us. Each house holds about 700 tabs and serves as a visible reminder of the Pop Tab Program.

    Limit 25, with an online donation of $20 per additional 25 houses requested. This donation helps us cover the cost of printing, storing and shipping the houses.

Pop Tabs in the Classroom

Many schools collect pop tabs to give students a first-hand opportunity to learn about helping others.  To assist teachers, we offer lesson plans designed for students in grades K-2 and 3-5.

To request the Pop Tab lesson plan, email us.



Yes, please email to request either our K-2 or 3-5 curriculums.

Yes, please email to set up a time. Please keep in mind the office is often closed for federal holidays and kids have to be over 14 to go on house tours. Outdoor mini-tours are available for children under 14.

Yes, we have plans for constructing a large pop tab receptacle, which works in conjunction with collection efforts. Please email for more information.

Ronald McDonald House administrative offices at 818 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis, Monday-Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

You can also mail the tabs to us or recycle them at your local center and mail us a check for the proceeds. Either option, the mailing address would be the same as above. Or contact a McDonald’s restaurant near you to see if they are a drop-off site.

Please email us or call 612.331.5752 and we will help!

 Each individual Ronald McDonald House Charities chapter collects its own pop tabs to support its own programs. We collect for the Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald MCDonald Family Rooms located in the Twin Cities.