It is once again time for our largest food drive of the year!
On October 13th, the 32nd Annual Food Drive presented by the Mosaic Company will take place to help raise much-needed food items for those less fortunate in our community.
Rising rents and cost of living, coupled with children not having access to school breakfast and lunch programs, will put additional pressure on already tight budgets. This means those kids will be eating more meals at home and may require some level of childcare depending on their age. Include the increases we traditionally see on utility costs due to winter heating, and we have a recipe for disaster for the working poor and those on fixed incomes.
This year, Regina will be raising the bar and making every effort to once again achieve a fantastic result for those less fortunate in our community.
How do I get a bag for the Food Drive?
Watch for your Food Drive donation bag arriving the week of October 1st. If you didn’t get one though, feel free to use any old bag or box! We’ll be happy to receive your donations either way. Fill the bag throughout the week with non-perishable food items, and leave it on your doorstep for pick up Saturday, October 13th. Local youth, community groups, and individuals will be going door to door to collect these items starting at 9:30 am Saturday Morning.
What can I donate?
Any non-perishable food products. Please be sure to check the expiry dates before donating!
You can also go online and donate to our Virtual Food Drive, powered by Sherwood Co-op!
In case you’re looking for ideas, here’s our list of top ten most wanted items:
- Canned Stews
- 1 Litre Juices
- Powdered Milk
- Pork & Beans
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Meat & Fish
- Pasta Products
- Baby Food
- Enfalac & Similac
If your donation is not picked up after 2:30 pm on Saturday, you can also call 205-FOOD (3663), and the great volunteers from Access Communications will make arrangements to have it picked up before 4:30 pm.
You can also take your donation bag to any Regina grocery store or visit your local Sherwood Co-op, Regina Safeway, or Sobeys stores and purchase a pre-made hamper or other non-perishable items from our top ten most wanted items and drop them in the collection bins located in each store.
I’ve filled up my bag with donations, now what?
We’re glad you asked! On October 13th, leave the bag on your doorstep and either a youth group or volunteers will be by to pick it up! You can also drop it off at any participating grocery store prior to the 13th OR you can bring it directly to us at 445 Winnipeg St Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except for Statutory Holidays) from 9:00 am to 12:00noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
What happens if your donation doesn’t get picked up?
Our enthusiastic volunteers do the best they can to make sure nobody is missed however sometimes it does happen. Here are a few ways to make sure your donations get to us:
- Be a hunger hero and bring it to us directly at 445 Winnipeg St – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except for Statutory Holidays) from 9:00 am to 12:00noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
- Drop it off at a participating grocery store.
- Call 306-205-FOOD (3663) after 2 pm on October 13th.
- Email us at [email protected]
What happens if I live in a townhouse, apartment or gated community?
Good question. These can be difficult to collect from so we ask that you bring your donation to a participating grocery store or directly to us at 445 Winnipeg St – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except for Statutory Holidays) from 9:00 am to 12:00noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
What are the participating grocery stores?
- Sherwood Co-op Grocery Stores
Our thanks to these great organizations for helping to fight hunger and feed hope!