Thanksgiving Food Drives are one of the most important drives of the year. Many of us can be thankful to afford a delicious meal to share on Thanksgiving, complete with turkey, fresh fruit, pies, and more. These items are a tradition for many Canadians, but with other living expenses and many mouthes to feed, some local families have a hard time fitting this in their budget.
Support Oakville families by providing food to our less fortunate community members and ensure everyone in town gets to take part in Thanksgiving celebrations.
Oakville’s Fare Share Food Bank runs their Thanksgiving drive until Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Up to 400 families rely on Fare Share each month. They are open to its clients Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.
Most needed items currently include:
- Soda Crackers (4 Sleeves)
- Cereal (Cold & Hot)
- Powdered Laundry Soap
- Instant Coffee
- Side Dishes (Rice/Pasta/Potato)
- Cake Mixes/Icing
- Rice, Bags & Boxes
- Baby Cereal/Biscuits
- Infant/Junior Jars (Fruit/Vegetables/Meat)
- Diapers #5 and #6
Monetary donations are also vital, as they help purchase perishable food items, such as meat, fish, cheese vegetables and fruit.
Donations can be dropped off at Fare Share bins located at all Oakville grocery stores, any Oakville Fire Department station, or directly to the food bank located at 1240 Speers Road, Unit 6, in Oakville.
The Kerr Street Market provides food and household items, along with three community meals each week. Donations can be dropped off at the main office of Kerr Street Ministries; open Monday to Friday 9am – 8:30pm & Saturday 9am – 12pm.
Their most needed items include:
- Canned Meat – Chicken, Turkey, Ham, Lunch Meat, Corned Beef
- Canned Fish – Tuna, Salmon, Sardines
- Canned Fruit in juice
- Canned Vegetables
- Side Dishes e.g. sidekicks etc.
- Peanut Butter
- Pasta Sauce
- Canned Tomatoes
- Canned Pasta with Meat
- Hamburger Helper
- 100% Juice
- Toilet Paper
The Oakville Soccer Club‘s Thanksgiving Food Drive runs until Wednesday, October 8th. Bring non-perishable food items to Oscar’s Donation Station located in the Pine Glen Soccer Centre lobby. After you donate, you’re invited to fill out a form for your chance to win a $50 Jack Astors gift card.
Safetynet Children & Youth Charities offers an emergency non-perishable food bank, including toiletries and diapers. They also run a Clothing Bank, including items for infants, children, youth, adult, and business suits for men and woman re-entering the work force. They currently have a special need for warm clothing, pants, shirts, and jeans for boys and girls ages 6 – 12 years. Food and Clothing donations can be dropped off at the charity office at 226 Randall Street in Oakville.
Happy Thanksgiving, Oakville!