Barrie Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Was Historic

Target of 150,000 pounds of food was obliterated

They are still giving thanks at the Barrie Food Bank. The Thanksgiving Food Drive was the most successful in its history. The target was to collect 150,000 pounds of food and over 200,000 pounds were donated.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community,” said Peter Sundborg, executive director of the Barrie Food Bank. “It certainly puts us in a really good position as we go through the month of November and December.”

Sundborg says he is finding a lot of people who are using the food bank in the winter are seasonally employed, such as landscapers and roofers. In fact, the winter season is the busiest time at the food bank.

“80,000 pounds of food a month goes out the door and into the hands of families and individuals that are using our service.”

The food bank provides for about 2,800 people every month. Of that, 415 are families and the rest are individuals.

While grateful for the support, the holiday season food drive is just around the corner. It begins November 29 and coincides with the arrival of the CP Holiday Train in Midhurst.