Brantford Food Bank is, once again, seeking donations for its annual Christmas Baskets Program.
The Christmas Baskets Program is operating exclusively from the Brantford Food Bank and will continue program changes in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Registration opened on Monday, November 1st and will end Monday, November 29th. Access to registration can be found at https://crs-help.ca/foodbank/christmas-baskets/
“We made significant changes to the Christmas Baskets program last year,” said Heather Vanner, Executive Director. “With the ongoing changes to COVID regulations, and with the continued threat of the virus we will operate the program in a similar fashion to last year. We continue to be committed to providing support to individuals and families during the Holiday Season.”
The Christmas Baskets program be providing grocery gift cards to individuals and families again this year. Additional gift cards for the purchase of children’s gifts will also be available. There will be no prepack or delivery day. The gift cards will be distributed throughout the month of December.
Organizers are requesting monetary donations and donations of $25 gift cards. Gift cards from Walmart and/or Presidents Choice are encouraged. Monetary donations can be made at www.brantfordfoodbank.ca. Gift cards can be dropped off at the Food Bank offices at 202-1100 Clarence St., Brantford.
The Christmas Baskets program will not be accepting donations of toys, knitted goods, or other items this year. Food donations will be accepted by the Brantford Food Bank.
“Monetary support will be important for us this year”, said Vanner. “The program has always relied heavily on the support of our community. Once again we are asking the community to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Making a monetary donation online will support our efforts to purchase gift cards for individuals, families and children who will be in need.” The program is looking to raise $140,000 again this year.
Last year, 2,147 people in Brantford and Brant County were supported by the program. Almost 650 children up to the age of 14 received toys last year. Based on upcoming changes to government support programming for COVID the program is expecting a possible increase in the number of households supported this year.
Families and individuals who need information about the program are encouraged to check our website https://crs-help.ca/foodbank/christmas-baskets/ or call 519-751-4357 for more information.