Keeping the Sudbury Food Bank Stocked during the Pandemic
“We are going to see people and families coming to a food bank for the first time in their lives and we need to be ready,” says Dan Xilon, Executive Director, Sudbury Food Bank.
The Sudbury Food Bank’s annual spring food drive normally raises approximately $200,000 in food and cash donations. However, this year due to restrictions related to the pandemic, a traditional food drive of collecting food may not be possible.
The Sudbury Food Bank assists 44 food banks and meal providers. These agencies currently support 8,000-8,500 people per month.
“We expect the need to increase during this unprecedented time when Greater Sudbury, like the rest of the world, is dealing with the economic as well as the public health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
All levels of government are promising financial assistance to individuals and businesses but there will be gaps in timing and shortages in the amounts needed.
“Our community needs to work together to bridge these gaps. Our most vulnerable citizens cannot stockpile food and they need your assistance now.”
This spring, the food bank is seeking cash to purchase the cans that would have been collected in a traditional food drive.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Make a financial donation, either one time or monthly
2. Encourage/challenge others to contribute in whatever way they can
3. Spread the word through social media
Every dollar donated to the Sudbury Food Bank will be transferred directly to a community food bank or group/agency that provides food to those in need. Cash enables these groups to quickly purchase the food that is most needed.
If you are able please consider sharing what you have.
Donate online: https://www.sudburyfoodbank.ca
Donate by cheque: Sudbury Food Bank, 1105 Webbwood Drive, Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 3B6
Donate by phone with Visa or Mastercard (and mention Cash For Cans!): 705-671-9663