The city of St. John’s will start collecting donations for its annual food drive next week.
The yearly campaign was officially launched today at the Community Food Sharing Association’s warehouse on Topsail Road.
Mayor Danny Breen says the need is great.
He says over 26,000 people avail of food banks in the province, with 40 per cent of those under the age of 18. He says the Food Sharing Association has become reliant on the city’s participation each year.
City workers will collect food donations during regular waste pickup starting on Monday and running through to Friday.
Residents who wish to participate can package non-perishable food items and place them outside the home, where it’s highly visible from the road, by 8:00 a.m. on garbage day. Staff will collect the donations beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Residents in apartment buildings should ask the building manager to organize a collection area and contact 311 or 754-CITY to arrange a pickup.
Food can also be dropped off at City Hall, the Mews Centre, the Paul Reynolds Community Centre or the Southlands, Kilbride Lions and Shea Heights Community Centres.
You can check the progress of the food drive on social media using the hashtag #nlfooddrive.
Here’s a list of the most commonly needed items:
macaroni and cheese
canned soups and stews
noodles and rice
canned meat and fish
beans and legumes
canned vegetables and fruit