The Brantford Food Bank asks its community to continue the giving spirit to help reach their goal of 25,000 pounds of food donated by October 31.
Nearly 10,000 pounds of food has been generously donated by community members since the launch of the Thanks-4-Giving Municipal Food Drive on October 1. Unfortunately, food donations are down drastically this year.
After Thanksgiving weekend last year, the Food Bank had reached 57% of its goal; over the same period this year, the Food Bank has only collected 40% of its goal – a nearly 4,300 pound difference. At this rate, the Brantford Food Bank is unsure of whether it can reach its 25,000 pound target.
“With donations falling behind, we are concerned about meeting our goal”, says Heather Vanner, Executive Director. “However, this is a generous and compassionate community. This is a community that takes care of their neighbours.”
The Brantford Food Bank supports about 2,700 people each month, as well as additional people who use local food programs that the Brantford Food Bank supports. Nearly a third of these clients are children.
The Food Bank relies entirely on food donations that come from individuals, business and community groups. It is not too late to run your own food drive or special event. Every donation helps.
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.
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.
For more information, please call:
Heather Vanner, Executive Director
Cindy Oliver, Program Manager