Barrie Food Bank preparing for increase in demand, updates how to donate and use service

Barrie Food Bank encouraging online donations, no food drop offs

This is the time of year the Barrie Food Bank would normally be preparing to launch its Easter Food Drive to stock the shelves, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the way of doing things at the organization has changed, as officials there prepare for a spike in demand.

“In the coming months the Barrie Food Bank will see an increased demand on our services as people are laid off, have less hours of employment or we could potentially see businesses close. We want to be prepared to help these neighbours in our community, but we need your help.” said Peter Sundborg, Barrie Food Bank Executive Director.

Sundborg said food donations are not being accepted at this time and the public can make an online financial donation to assist the organization. People can also mail a cheque to the Barrie Food Bank P.O. Box 145, Barrie, ON L4M 4S5 rather than delivering it.

Sundborg reminds everyone funds raised locally are spent locally with some of our local grocery stores who support the food bank and allow the organization to stretch their dollars with them.

For people using the service:

During the COVID 19 crisis the Barrie Food Bank has closed its Morning Drop In program for the immediate future. It is our hope to continue to provide groceries during our Afternoon Grocery Program.

We are providing pre-packaged grocery hampers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons between 1:00pm and 3:30pm. We ask people to practice social distancing and to not line up ahead of time for the grocery program.

We have introduced an expedited process for the safety and well-being of our clients, volunteers and staff which takes less than 5 minutes.

While these are our plans today, our staff will be monitoring the overall Covid 19 situation daily to ensure the safety of everyone involved.