The Ancaster Community Food Drive and Hamilton Food Share share a long history of helping people.
Now in its 26th year, the biggest single day food drive in the region has collected over 1.5 million pounds of food since it started in 1992.
The food drive is a door-to-door blitz of Ancaster homes to collect non-perishable food. On Saturday, February 24, volunteers fan out in the community to deliver flyers to homes. One week later, on Saturday March 3rd hundreds of volunteers return door-to-door to collect food donations. The neighbourhood collections take about 2 – 3 hours.
Donations can also be dropped off between February 19th and March 3rd 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. As usual, members from Hamilton Police Services and the Hamilton Fire Department will be volunteering.
Schools can get involved, too. Volunteers will pick up food at Ancaster schools on Thursday, March 1st.
Food from the drive is distributed to Ancaster Community Services, Good Shepherd Centre, Neighbour to Neighbour, Mission Services of Hamilton, St. Matthew’s House, the Salvation Army and Wesley Urban Ministries, as well as smaller agencies in the Emergency Food Network in Hamilton.
In addition to food, cash donations to purchase food can be made online for the Ancaster Community Food Drive here. All online donations provide food for Hamilton Food Share to distribute to every corner of the city.
To volunteer or get more details, visit the Ancaster Community Food Drive website.