Food drives are a popular way to help families struggling with hunger in Hamilton. On an average week there are 2-3 companies, schools or groups collecting cans, boxes or bags of shelf-stable food.
Last year, about 11% of the food that was distributed by Hamilton Food Share came from food drives.
While the bulk of food donations come in close to Christmas, Hannukah, and other holidays, the summer is a slower time for food drives.
It’s also a time of the year when the need for food increases. With students out of school and no longer having access to nutrition programs, it can be tougher to keep food in the house.
Adding a food drive to any summer gathering like a pool party, bbq or company picnic can be a great way to help stock the shelves for people in need.
You can also add a coin collection to help purchase food. Every $1 donated provides $5 in food.
For more information on setting up a food drive or a food and coin collection, including the most needed items, check out the food drive section of our website. We can provide all the materials you need, including boxes, tapes, signs or even a coin jar.