Oakville’s Fare Share food bank is currently having its annual Christmas food drive from December 3, 2016, to December 21, 2016. This holiday season’s food drive is meant to replenish the food bank’s empty shelves so that it can continue helping people in need until September 2017.
The organizers of Oakville Fare Share food bank are relying on the generosity of businesses and residents to have a successful food drive before the year is over. Any food items collected will be given to struggling local individuals and families.
Fare Share volunteer president Nancy Bromberg says that the community of Oakville, together with its schools, churches, businesses, and citizens have always supported the volunteer-run food bank and they’re counting on the generosity of the same people again.
The Oakville Fare Share food bank is need of size No.6 diapers, cans of salmon, baby formula, instant coffee, canned fruits, and Chunky soup. A list of the various needed items can be found at the Oakville Food Bank website.
For those who may want to donate in kind, collections bins can be found at local grocery stores and all Oakville Fire stations. Well-meaning people can also directly drop off donations at 1240 Speers Rd., Unit 6, food bank. The facility is open for clients every Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monetary donations are, of course, very much welcome. In fact, it is badly needed by Oakville Fare Share to pay for fresh food, utilities, and the like. Perishable items such as cheese, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, ground beef, fish, ham, and chicken are often high on the food bank’s expenses list. A large portion of cash donations also pays for food vouchers that are given to families with young children who use the vouchers to buy eggs and milk.
More People to Serve
Bromberg shares that this Christmas’ food drive is expected to collect donations that should last until September 2017. She adds that they are stocking their shelves with items that should hopefully last until fall next year because although there is usually another food drive around Easter, it is the Christmas food drive that gathers a lot of groceries. She further noted that they’re expecting the number of people who will need the food bank’s help will increase in 2017 as the 1-year sponsorship support given to Syrian refugee families begins to expire one by one.
Fare Share Oakville serves an average of 1,200 to 1,300 people per month, equivalent to about 350 families plus drop-ins who need emergency supplies. Drop-in cases average at about 15 to 20 per month. Emergency cases are asked to register as clients if they need to return and if they are from Oakville. They are then interviewed to make sure that they qualify for Oakville Food Share’s services and then re-evaluated later to determine if their situation has changed.
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