Food Drives

The food industry such as (grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers and manufacturers), furnishes edible, but not saleable, food for redistribution to the needy.

Products that are close to expiration date (including non perishable items) are donated and immediately distributed. This food is distributed to agencies that provide meals for their clients.

Larger supplies of produce come to the Food Bank through the other Coalition, as well as through local warehouses.

Food brokers and manufacturers also supply an enormous amount of perishable and nonperishable products; high quality products that, for whatever reason (overruns, mistaken orders, or surplus product), they were unable to sell.

Food Drives

Food drives generate a large source of canned and boxed foods during the holidays and throughout the year. Nonperishable food collected during food drives provides the Food Bank with thousands of pounds of food for distribution through Emergency Food Boxes.

Some suggestions for food items to be collected during a food drive are:

  • Canned Foods: Beans, Beef Stew, Chili, Fruit, Green Vegetables, Juice, Meat (chicken/ham), Potatoes, Soup, Tomato Products, Tuna, Yellow Vegetables

  • Bags of Food: Dried Beans, Pasta, Rice ยท
  • Boxed Food: Cereal, Powdered Milk, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta
  • Other: Baby Food, Baby Formula (all types), Diapers, Peanut Butter

Please donate only nonperishable items. Check expiration dates; we cannot distribute food past the coded date. Please do not donate items in glass containers, juice boxes or other items that may break.

For more information on holding a food drive within your school, club, organization or church to benefit A. Food Bank, please call (905) 629-8756 or e-mail

To download a food drive participation form in an Adobe Acrobat file, please click HERE.