Food Bank Donations
Our community food bank would not exist without generous donations from many sources. The local grocery stores are tremendous in their ongoing support, especially MarketPlace IGA and Island Foods in Port McNeill, and Save-on-Foods in Port Hardy. Without their generous and ongoing donations we would have to reduce or end many of our programs.
We occasionally receive food donations from Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo and Campbell River Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of the grocery stores in their cities they sometimes receive more food than they can distribute locally; we have been fortunate to receive some of that excess.
Many community-minded businesses and individuals donate food throughout the year. Food drives such as the Cram the Cruiser event run annually by the Port McNeill RCMP bring in significant amounts of food.
Food donations can be dropped off at our Port Hardy location during our retail store hours. There are also donation bins located at the front of the store at MarketPlace IGA in Port McNeill, and beside the mall entrance at Save-on-Foods in Port Hardy.
What to Donate
We happily accept donations of most kinds of food. The following items tend to be in chronic short supply and are especially appreciated:
- baking supplies, including sugar
- canned and dried beans
- canned fruits and vegetables
- canned meats and fish
- canned soups and stews
- cereal, pancake mix, and porridge
- condiments and sauces
- coffee and other hot drinks
- dried and noodle soups
- fruit juice
- honey, jam, and peanut butter
- pasta and pasta sauce
- rice and quinoa
Fresh produce is always welcome as it is part of a nutritious diet. If your garden produced too many zucchinis or your apple harvest is overwhelming, we’d be happy to distribute the excess for you. Frozen fish, meat, and produce are also appreciated.
In addition to food donations, we are fortunate to receive financial support from numerous individuals and organizations. Our operations are also financially supported by the BC government through a gaming grant. Financial donations can be mailed or dropped off at our retail store and are eligible for a tax receipt.