Looking for food donations

Aug 5, 2015 by


It’s not unusual in the summer for grocery programs and food banks to experience a slowdown in donations with more people on vacation. And this summer is no exception.

Dan Gardiner, Coordinator of Food Services, says the slowdown in donations does have an impact on what the organization can provide to people.

“Without donations, we need to buy all the supplies needed, which means money spent on canned goods that could have been spent on things like fresh vegetables,” says Dan.

Shepherds of Good Hope feeds approximately 500 to 800 people a day. The organization also ensures that its supportive living facilities, such as Hope Living in Kanata, Brigid’s Place in Lowertown and The Oaks on Merivale, have the food they need for its residents.

Dan’s team also operates a community food bank twice a week. That food bank not only serves the people in Shepherds of Good Hope’s care, but also people who live in Lowertown.

“When we have limited resources, we can’t supplement the emergency food bank as much as possible,” he adds.

Summers are typically slower for donations for a lot of charity organizations, but the need doesn’t slow down.

“We’re looking for non-perishable goods, mostly staples like coffee, tea, dried pastas, pasta sauce, canned veggies and fruit, dried beans, lentils,” says Dan.

Other popular items include baby food, cereals and toiletries.

To make a food donation, please drop off any goods at 233 Murray St., Door #3. A convenient drop-off window is located at the back of the building. For more information, please check out our donations page.

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