Community Resource Service has kicked off its annual Thanks 4 Giving Food drive, running now until Oct. 31 at locations across the city.
CRS’s emergency food program has seen a significant increase in use over the past 10 years and currently averages 1,226 households using the food bank on a monthly basis, according to the CRS.
That averages to about 3,200 people each month using the service, 36 per cent of which are children.
This year’s goal is to reach 25,000 pounds of food to help feed those in need.
Most-needed items are non-perishable vegetables and fruit, soups, stews, beans, rice, pasta, tuna, cereal and peanut butter.
Public donations can be made at Rusty’s No Frills on Oct. 5 from noon until 3 p.m. Donations can also be made at local grocery stores and the food bank, at 1100 Clarence St.