At our virtual event held on Saturday, October 23rd, featuring guest speakers from the Bayfield Area Food Bank and the Huron County Food Distribution Centre, several audience members asked what items are most needed and how food/monetary donations can be made. In response, here is a quick summary of how community members can help.
The top ten food items needed include peanut butter, cereal (low sugar content), tuna/salmon, beans, rice, macaroni and cheese, chili, canned stews, canned soups, and jam. Items such as laundry detergent, dish soap, and personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, kleenex, shampoo, etc.) are also needed.
Drop-off bins are located just inside the front door at the Bayfield Library (accessible during library hours) and on the north and south porches of Trinity St. James Anglican Church at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
Monetary donations allow the food bank to purchase specifically needed items. For anyone who would like to support our local food bank with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through the food bank’s email account: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can also be made online through the https://www.canadahelps.org/ website. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20.00 or more.
Monetary donations can also be made to the Huron County Food Distribution Centre. For more information on the various options for donating, please visit: https://www.huroncountyfoodbank.org/donate-now. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $25.00 or more.