As we approach the holiday season, people at schools, churches, service clubs, sports teams and workplaces in every corner of Hamilton are gearing up for food drives.
An average of 10,000 pounds of food comes into Hamilton Food Share every working day. At the holiday season, a large percentage of that comes from volunteer-led food drives.
Whether 20 pounds or several hundred pounds are collected, the commitment shows how big a heart Hamilton has.
Many drives aim to raise both food and cash. Every $1 donated provides $5 in food. This is helpful when we need to buy fresh food or to purchase items that are in high demand, but not in stock.
The most sought after food donations are:
- Any healthy food that you would buy for your own family but no junk food such as chips, pop, or cookies.
- Canned tuna, salmon, beans, beef stew, chili or any high-protein food are needed the very most.
- Hot cereal such as oatmeal and cream of wheat, especially anything kid-friendly.
- Pasta and rice.
- Canned fruit and vegetables.
The first step to starting a food drive is to visit the Food Drive section of our website. It’s as easy at filling out the online form to get up and running to help your neighbours in need.
All food donated to and or purchased by Hamilton Food Share is distributed to every corner of the city, through the Emergency Food Network.
When collecting money at food drives, people often use a coin jar, pass around an envelope or hand cheques to the organizer. This year, for the first time, we can set up an online donation form for each food drive. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Food drives at work can be a lot of fun this time of year. They can also be a great way to work together. Staff from St. Joe’s (in the picture above) have grown their holiday drive to include more than double the departments that participated last year. Staff can give cards to co-workers in lieu of gifts and all the boxes for food donations are wrapped just like presents.