For about as long as Hamilton Food Share has had its doors open, there has been a community food drive in Ancaster.
The year marks the 25th annual Ancaster Food Drive and the goal is a fitting for such an anniversary: to collect a record 85,000 pounds and surpass 1.5 million pounds of food collected in the drive’s history.
The Ancaster Community Food Drive is a door-to-door blitz of Ancaster homes to collect non-perishable food. On Saturday, Feb. 25, volunteers fan out in the community to deliver flyers announcing the food drive. On Saturday March 4th, 2017 volunteers return door-to-door to collect donations. The collection will take about 2 – 3 hours with most routes producing an overflowing trunk-load of food.
Schools can get involved, too. Food will be picked up at schools on Thursday, March 2.
Donations can also be dropped off between Monday, February 18 and Monday, March 6, 2017 at Ancaster’s two Fire Halls. Hamilton Fire Station 20 is located at 661 Garner Rd E and Station 21 is at 365 Wilson St W.
After the food is sorted, eight agencies pick up food at the Ancaster Fair Grounds: Ancaster Community Services, Good Shepherd Centre, Hamilton Food Share, Neighbour to Neighbour, Mission Services of Hamilton, St. Matthew’s House, the Salvation Army and Wesley Urban Ministries.
Hamilton Food Share distributes the food it receives to Welcome Inn, Stoney Creek Community Food Bank, Native Women’s Centre and Living Rock.
For more details, visit the Ancaster Community Food Drive website.