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Doing Good by Doing Your Grocery Shopping

Doing Good by Doing Your Grocery Shopping
When thinking about what food banks do, it’s not hard to immediately think about the community food drive – the ‘bread and butter’ activity of food banks across the country.  Food drives are an important source of donated food and critical to ensuring food bank shelves are filled when need is high. It’s a testament to caring Canadians who have shopped the aisles to pick up essential grocery items to place in food bank bins.
 
Grocery retailers help to significantly increase food donations by providing the opportunity for shoppers to make non-perishable food donations right in store. Loblaw Companies have been hosting a national food drive for the last 7 years. Loblaws’ focus is to make it easy for their customers to donate along with an important benefit of raising awareness of the issue of hunger. By operating in over 585 communities across the country millions of pounds of food have been raised for local communities.
 
A few dollars donated at check-out can go a long way 

Additionally at cash donation made right at the checkout helps to augment the food donations.  A donation of just $2 can really add up. Funds allow food banks to purchase food items that are more difficult to donate, such as dairy or produce, and with these additions, it ensures hampers are tasty. More importantly, they are nutritious!. With the Loblaw Companies food drive, 100% of your donations will help fight hunger, 85% of funds raised at the point of sale stay right in the community of the local food bank and help to cover essential costs like:

  • Fresh food purchases
  • Operating costs for the refrigeration of fresh foods
  • Transportation costs such as gas and truck upkeep
 
The remaining 15% supports provincial food bank associations that assist food banks in each province through regional transportation and support services
  
So the next time you are picking up groceries, you can also make a difference for your local community by helping to stock the food bank shelves for spring.  Just look for the bin between March 11th and April 1st. Over 1000 Loblaw stores are participating, find your local store here.

Need suggestions about what to donate? Learn the most-needed food and household items
 
Thank you to Loblaw for their ongoing support. Loblaw is a key Food Banks Canada partner and supports our National Food Sharing System, a program that acquires and shares food across Canada. Loblaw supports local food banks every year through two national food drives. Since its inception, the food drives have raised $12.5 million and 11.8 million pounds of food.

This post has been updated from March 2015.

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