As the weather gets colder, the Brantford Food Bank asks the community to make food donations to help reach its goal of 25,000 pounds of food collected by October 31.
As of October 8, a total of 3,602 pounds of food has been donated by our community since the Food Drive campaign began on October 1; this represents only 14% of Food Bank’s goal – a significant decrease from last year’s 24% at this time.
Although 25,000 seems like a daunting goal, Food Bank staff and supporters are confident that with the community’s support, this goal can be reached.
“Twenty five thousand pounds of food is very achievable. We have reached this goal in the past, and with the generosity of our community, we can reach this goal again,” says Heather Vanner, Executive Director. “Right now, the Brantford Food Bank is supporting an average of 1,200 households each month. This represents an average of 2,700 people each month needing emergency food aid in our community. We need the help of our community to ensure that families, children and seniors get the support they require.”
Nonperishable items that are most needed include: canned pasta and stews; canned fruit, vegetables and tomatoes; canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.); pork and beans; and peanut butter. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Food Bank, and are also being collected at Metro, Rusty’s No Frills, Sobeys, Food Basics and Zehrs. Non-perishable food donations are also being collected at Walmart until October 12.
Fresh and frozen food donations, such as fresh produce, eggs and dairy products, or fresh and frozen meat, can be dropped off at the Brantford Food Bank, 1100 Clarence Street South, Monday through Friday, between 8:30-11:45 am and 12:45-4:30 pm.
The Brantford Food Bank also encourages groups to run their own food drives this month. To register your event, please contact the Food Procurement Coordinator at 519-751-4357 x238.
For more information, please call:
Heather Vanner, Executive Director
Cindy Oliver, Program Manager