The arrival of the CP Holiday Train on Friday coincides with the launch of the Christmas Holiday Food Drive. The Barrie Food Bank’s target of 200,000 pounds of food will replenish the shelves and take the organization well into 2020.
The train will pull into the Midhurst Station on Anne Street North at 12 noon. People coming out to the see the decorated train are encouraged to bring a food donation with them. Representatives from the food bank will be there to collect donations.
The Barrie Food Bank distributes approximately 80,000 pounds of food each month. In December, close to 2,800 people are expected to assisted, which works out to nearly 600 households.
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 welcomed. With financial donations we are able to purchase perishable items such as eggs, cheese, margarine, fresh produce and meats which we provide with each grocery order. They can be delivered to 42 Anne Street South, or mailed to P.O. 145, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4S9. On-line donations can also be made at www.barriefoodbank.org