Barrie Food Bank’s Thanksgiving drive aims for 150,000 of food

The Barrie Food Bank is in the midst of its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, aiming to raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed its monthly client base of close to 2,800 people.
Beginning Sept. 26, the drive sees donation bins in grocery stores throughout the city. Local businesses also contribute by collecting food donations at their locations, all with the goal off helping those in need. In all, the agency headquartered at 42 Anne Street assists more than 33,000 people a year.
The bank’s “primary service is the provision of food to families and individuals to prevent them from going hungry,” it says on its website.
“We do this through two key programs: A morning drop-in program held Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The drop-in is designed to allow clients to pick up breads and baked goods to supplement their food assistance order.
“The afternoon program, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3:30 p.m., is designed to allow people to acquire food assistance.”
A key part of the agency’s job, it continues, is the encouragement of self-sufficiency and well-being. Services include a resource centre “of brochures and literature is available for our clients to use referring them to other more knowledgeable services and agencies.”
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