Manitobans are being called on by Loblaw to make a Christmas hamper food donation this holiday season.
The grocery chain, which operates the Real Canadian Superstore and Extra Foods, among others, says food bank use in the province has increased nearly 52 percent since 2008.
“Donations from local stores and food drives are so critical at this time of year because they will help families during the holidays and ensure that food banks have enough food to share in the New Year,” said Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada.
“If everyone in the province donated just two items at their local Loblaw banner store today, we would meet the average demand on food banks for December, and most of January.”
Approximately 61,000 people rely on food bank usage every month in Manitoba.
Customers can drop off a donation to any Loblow-operated store. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Holiday Food Drive donation bins are accepting any of the following items:
- Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauces
- Canned meats and fish
- Meat alternatives (peanut butter, soy, assorted nuts)
- Canned goods (beans, soups, and stews)
- Dairy (canned and powdered milk)
- Canned vegetables and fruit
- Whole grain cereals
- Infant foods and baby formula
- Bathroom tissue and diapers
- Personal hygiene products