Fresh Seasonal Farm & Orchard Donations
Local farmers have been instrumental in providing better food at area food banks.
Last year we were able to provide 1 million pounds of fresh and frozen food for people living in poverty. It’s our goal to offer choice and variety, whenever possible, to enable Hamilton-area food banks to stock seasonal fruit and vegetables.
We have had great success with many vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, onions, cabbage, squash and fruits such as apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, and strawberries. We can accept very large food donations from local farms and commercial orchards along with donations from retailers and food producers.
We can accept only food which has been grown in safe soil conditions, has been factory washed and is in good condition. We also have some practical limits on the types of packaging/repackaging required.
We have an industrial loading dock and large refrigeration space which can store up to 30 pallets of fresh food and we are the only agency in our region dedicated to sharing with the emergency food program across the city.
Some donors may even qualify for a tax receipt under Ontario’s Community Food Donation Tax Credit, a program which we are proud to say was first announced here at Hamilton Food Share in 2014.
There are many logistics required to get fresh food in the hands of those who need it the most before it spoils; therefore we ask that any fresh food donor to please contact our warehouse manager, Mona, in advance to work out the donation details.