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Give Back This Thanksgiving

Give Back This Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, many local food banks have geared up for the giving season and launched food drives during the month of October.

Empty Shelves

After the summer, when donations are typically down, food banks’ stock of items is often at its lowest. This makes the holiday season one of the most crucial times of the year for food banks.

With more than 850,000 Canadians being helped by a food bank every month, the demand remains high. Unfortunately, there are food banks that are struggling right now to raise enough food and funds to assist the people they serve.

Items to Donate

If you are wondering what kinds of foods to donate, here is a good question to ask yourself: “is it an item I would purchase for my family?” Other ways to ensure you are providing the right foods is to  look for product labels that state “low sodium” or “no sugar added”.

Food that is often needed by food banks includes pasta, whole grain cereals, as well as canned vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. You can find a list of most needed food and household items here.

The #OneBagChallenge

An idea that originally began in Kelowna, and has gradually spread across the country, is the #OneBagChallenge. The concept is to donate a bag of items to your local food bank and challenge your friends and family to do the same. You can even post the picture on social media and tag the people you choose to nominate. Notable individuals, such as Drew Scott and Scott McGillivray, have already participated!

Now is the time when food banks are busy with food drives. Take action and support your local food bank today!  

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)