Food Bank Donations
Our community food bank would not exist without generous donations from many sources. Local grocery stores provide ongoing support, especially Save-on-Foods in Port Hardy, and MarketPlace IGA and Island Foods in Port McNeill.
In 2019 we began participating with Save-on-Foods in their Zero Food Waste program. Together we diverted more than 260,000 pounds of unsalable perishable food from the landfill in the first year.
Mowi (formerly Marine Harvest), a long-time supporter, has donated tens of thousands of pounds of salmon since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 help to keep our community fed.
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 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
- granola bars and similar snacks
- 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. Due to health department guidelines we are unable to accept home-canned foods.
In addition to food donations, we are fortunate to receive financial support from numerous individuals and organizations. Financial donations can be mailed or dropped off at our retail store and are eligible for a tax receipt.