Barrie Food Bank asking you open your wallet instead of your pantry this year

Food bank hoping for monetary donations this year as they can't safely sort all the food

The Barrie Food Bank is getting primed to launch its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. It will take on a different form this year than in years previous.

When the annual effort gets underway Thursday, September 24, the Food Bank will be asking folks to make a monetary donation instead of one of food. “When we get 150,000lbs of food in the month of October, how do we sort that food? In past years we’ve brought in 80 people on a Saturday to stand shoulder to shoulder,” the Food Bank’s Executive Director, Peter Sundborg, told Barrie 360. “This year, we cannot physically do that.”

Sundborg says the practice of accepting food donations faded out with the onset of the pandemic, but the relationships the Food Bank has forged with local grocers have helped take the edge off. “It actually has worked out quite well for us so far,” he added. “All of those store managers have really gone out of their way to help us out and really stretch the donor’s dollar.

With those relationships solidified, Sundborg says money donations would go further than if we were to bring them food donations anyway. “We’re able to put a lot more food onto our shelves than perhaps an individual or group of individuals going out and purchasing food and bringing 150,000 pounds of food in. We’re able to stretch that dollar significantly,” he said.

Those who wish to make an online donation can do so through the Barrie Food Bank website. Those who wish to make a donation via mail can send a cheque to the Food Bank at P.O. Box 145 Barrie, Ontario L4M 4S9.