The snow hasn’t started yet, but as the weather turns colder things are heating up at the Community Harvest Food Bank as they prepare to help their clients through the winter months.
Food bank president Deb McIntosh says that if you buy something for your own family, the food bank could use it too.
As Christmas nears, the food bank is looking for donations not just to fill the shelves but to begin preparations for the more than 200 hampers given away each Christmas.
“In order for our clients to have fulfilling lives and move forward, they need to have the basics,” said McIntosh.
“If you can give just a little to help people up, it benefits everyone in the long run.”
Unexpired, non-perishable food items are always welcome, but things like toiletry items, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, paper products and feminine hygiene supplies are needed as well.
To help clients face the cold, the food bank is also looking for sleeping bags, and warm winter clothing such as coats, hats, gloves, and socks.
If you are looking to help with the Christmas hampers, on top of food, new toys for kids of all ages, gift cards to local stores and cash are also appreciated.
The Castlegar Fire Department will be hosting their annual toy drive in support of the hampers again this year. Toys can be dropped off at the Castlegar Fire Hall anytime between now and December 11 when the drive will culminate in a big drop-off day at A&W.
If you are still unsure about what kind of food to donate, here are some suggestions: soups, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jam, canned tuna or other meats, canned meals like chili, rice, beans, canned fruits, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, boxed juices, condiments, dressings, oil, crackers, cereal and baking mixes.
Cash and gift cards are always helpful to allow the food bank to purchase specific items that they may be in short supply of.