Food is a big part of the holiday season, but for the more than 700,000 people who used food banks each month in Canada last year, it may be the only thing on their wish list this year.
There are many different ways to contribute to food banks in your community.
1. Run a fund-raising event
Organizing an event requires a great deal of work and preparation. Food Banks Canada has a resource guide you can receive by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Donate money, food or transportation
In addition to food and monetary donations, food banks also need assistance with picking up and transporting food and other goods to make sure that the food keeps on moving to where it’s needed.
3. Volunteer your time
On a day-to-day basis, food banks volunteers answer calls, organize events, mail information packages, sort food, assemble boxes and prepare food hampers. Contact your local food bank to find out you can do.
4. Donate your cell phone for Phones for Food
Since its launch in 2003, the program has diverted more than 400,000 cell phones from landfills while distributing more than $600,000 to food banks. To donate, simply drop off your phone at your nearest Rogers or Fido store.
To find out more about hunger in Canada go to foodbankscanada.ca. Food Banks Canada is made up of a network of 10 provincial associations and their affiliate members. To find a food bank in your area, go to the Food Banks Canada site and search under “about our members.”
Most needed food items
• Pasta products & rice
• Canned meats and fish
• Dry and canned soups & stews
• Canned fruit & vegetables
• Breakfast cereal
• Peanut butter
• Canned/Powdered milk
• Fruit juices
• Pasta sauce
• Beans & legumes
• Infant formula & baby food