Donations of baby food coming in after call for help
Less than 48 hours after officials at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre said they had run out of baby food, the donations have started to roll in.
“It’s been a great response,” said Sara Collyer, director of community food programs at the Athens Street centre, who noted they have received nearly 500 pounds of baby food, formula and cereal and nearly $3,000 in cash donations since Tuesday.
She expects more donations to come in through the rest of the week.
“We’ve received calls from donors, so we know more is coming in,” Collyer said.
The food bank serves about 1,300 families a month including as many as 1,000 babies and young children.
Collyer noted the food bank is also in need of all types of food donations including canned meat and fish, canned fruit and vegetables along with cereal, beans and pasta.
Donations of baby food, formula and cereal can be dropped off at the centre Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food bank donations traditionally drop off during the summer and Collyer noted they have been buying food to keep the shelves stocked.
With the return of the school year looming and donors back from vacation, Collyer said she’s hopeful there will be a resumption of school food drives and community donations.