The Brantford Food Bank and Christmas Baskets programs are in urgent need of monetary donations to ensure families in the area will not go hungry this Christmas.
December is a busy month for these programs, with over 2,200 Christmas Food Hampers expected to be delivered to Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations; along with approximately 1,200 households being supported by the Food Bank.
“We are just beginning our financial campaign, and both the Food Bank and Christmas Baskets programs require an injection of funds to ensure we can operate our programs and provide Christmas dinner to all that are in need,” says Heather Vanner, Executive Director.
“We naturally think to give at this time of year. I am asking our community to think of families and children in need. I hope people can reach a little deeper to help us be sure everyone can have a Happy Holiday,” says Vanner. December’s fundraising drive helps raise much of the money that is required for us to operate all year long. Ongoing funds are needed to ensure the Food Bank operations can continue.
“Our programs are very efficiently run, with a donation of $1helping us distribute $7 worth of food. We hope the community can see the value in our programs and can help us ensure the programs are here for as long as our community needs them.”
The Brantford Food Bank provides a 2-3 day supply of food, once per month to individuals and families needing emergency food services. It also provides support to 27 other food programs within Brantford and Brant County. Last year alone, the Brantford Food Bank provided over 764,000 pounds of food to our community. The Christmas Baskets program provides toys and Christmas Dinner to families in need. In December 2014, over 2,200 Christmas food hampers were provided to people in need.