287 Glidden Road, Unit 4 (Kennedy & Glidden)
Brampton, On L6W 1H9
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Run a Food Drive to collect needed Items for the Pantry Program
Currently, we have 1800 individuals and families in our Pantry Program. To ensure that the people on the program are in need, an application process must be conducted and approved which involves valid identification, a home address and proof of income.
Once approved, the recipients can come in on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between noon and 4 p.m. to request groceries. Specific requests for items are usually made and if those items are on the shelves a week’s supply will be given out. Approved recipients are able to collect one week’s worth of groceries once a week.
As the food is given out weekly, even perishable food (fresh fruits & vegetables) can be donated as it will be given to people in need before it spoils.
Fortinos and Costco Grocery Stores generously donate bread and baked goods to Knights Table daily so these donations are NOT required for the pantry program.
Currently our list of most needed items is as follows:
– Breakfast supplies, cereal –hot and cold; pancake mix, syrup (high demand)
– Pasta Sauce
– Canned Meat
– Canned Vegetables
– Canned Fruit
– Kraft Mac & Cheese and Instant Noodles
– Snacks such as puddings, Jello, Granola Bars
– Juices & Drink Boxes
– Cake Mixes
– Diapers (size 3 in high demand)
– Sanitary Products: ie. toilet paper, pads, tampons
– Hygiene products – soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste (high demand)
To assist you in running a successful food drive for the clients of Knights Table you can click on the link below to print your own posters to promote your Food Drive.
Please keep in mind that for every $8 of donated food, it costs Knights Table $1 to transport, handle, store, and distribute it to the clients. Anything that you can do to help keep these costs down would help immensely.
To ensure your success with your food drive, have competitions between groups for the most pounds of food donated, or see if you can get a company match in dollars to each pound of food contributed by employees. Hold competitions between classes or set-up a thermometer display to keep track of progress.
Decorate sturdy boxes for collection and you may want to consider assigning a trusted group member to take monetary collections for those who forget or don’t want to carry heavy donations to the drop-off location.
We have plastic food collection bins that can be picked up to assist with collected donations. To keep costs down, if at all possible please drop-off your food drive donations. Please call ahead to let us know that you will be delivering a food drive donation and we can coordinate volunteers to assist with the off-loading.
We do have a van for pick-ups if that is required as well.
A thank you letter will be sent via email from Knights Table to the Organizer of the food drive and the letter can be posted or forwarded to donors to acknowledge our gratitude and receipt of donated items.
Your food drive would be a great help to ensuring that those in need get help with their weekly groceries! We thank you for supporting our clients dealing with food insecurity.