Here's what Hamilton's food banks need the most


With the holiday spirit upon us, the spirit of giving is at its highest, so Hamilton Food Share (HFS) is hoping to help direct some of that generosity to the most-needed items.

"As we enter the month of December, many schools and workplaces are holding their own food drives in support of Hamilton Food Share," the organization said in a press release issued Monday (Dec. 9.)

"We wanted to take this time to remind you of some of the most needed food items across the Emergency Food Network."

Healthy non-perishable items including:

  • Sources of Protein (Meat-based soup, stew, chilli, canned fish, nuts/seeds, peanut butter, beans)
  • Dairy Products (Powdered milk, milk in tetra packs including soy and almond)
  • Grains (Rice, whole-grain cereal, pasta, oatmeal)
  • Vegetables and Fruits (Canned vegetables, canned fruit packed in water, pasta sauce, sugar-free jam)
  • Personal Care and Household Items (Diapers, hygiene products, household cleaning supplies)

In addition to this list, baby food and formula (with at least eight weeks from the expiry date) are items Hamilton Food share says they are always in need of, as well as monetary donations that can be leveraged to provide five-times the amount in food to the Emergency Food Network.

"With 13,000 people (of which nearly 5,000 are children) accessing a food bank every month in Hamilton, the need is greater than ever before and we all must work together towards a hunger free community," HFS said.

For those unsure how to help HFS this season (or at any time of the year), the group compiled a list compiled list of ways one can help Feed The Hammer this Christmas:

  • Join the $20 Food Drive: Help make 5x the difference this Christmas. A gift of $20 will be transformed into $100 worth of groceries to help feed a family experiencing hunger. Help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by liking and sharing HFS's posts about the $20 Food Drive.
  • Hold a Food Drive: Collect much needed non-perishable food and funds at businesses, workplaces, or community events. The online registration form and toolkit make it easy to get started and we even supply the branded boxes and signage to help you raise awareness
  • Support CBC Hamilton's Sounds of the Season campaign: CBC and Hamilton Food Share have joined forces to help feed Hamiltonians this year. Every online donation of $20 or more will qualify to receive a special CBC Hamilton toque (while quantities last). You can also drop into the CBC Hamilton Station located at 118 James St. N to leave a non-perishable food or cash donation.
  • Tribute Giving: Not sure what to give that friend or family member who has everything. Why not give them a gift that will also help local food banks? HFS’s online giving platform makes it easy to send someone a special gift this Christmas. They will receive a customized e-card and you will receive a tax receipt immediately via email.

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