The Barrie Food Bank has a goal of 200,000lbs of food for this year’s Holiday Food Drive. So far, they’ve received half of that.
“We have a lot of people coming through our doors,” says Food Bank Executive Director Peter Sundborg, “we’ve seen a pretty significant increase in the number of people using our services.”
An increasingly familiar sight may help the Food Bank get closer to its goal; The Good Shepherd Catholic School planned a Stuff-A-Cruiser event on Monday afternoon, all benefitting the Barrie Food Bank. “Those are just an amazing way for people to get involved and help out the food bank,” says Sundborg, “what I would call 3rd party food drives are probably our most beneficial way of the Food Bank to acquire food. When we have schools doing Stuff-a-cruiser, or we have hockey teams doing food drives… those are so important for us to reach our goal.”
The most needed items at the food bank include peanut butter, canned stew, canned luncheon meats, juices, rice, baby food and formula, canned tuna, mayonnaise, canned vegetables, soups, can pasta, macaroni, school snacks, sugar, flour, pancake mix, condiments such as ketchup and mustard and personal hygiene products like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and feminine products.
Financial donations are always welcome and can be delivered to 42 Anne Street South, or mailed to P.O. 145, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4S9. Online donations can also be made at www.barriefoodbank.org