Ontario Northland Partners with Thunder Bay Food Bank to ‘Fill the Bus’

The purpose of the drive was to restock food stores as the food bank begins its transition from food baskets to the traditional grocery store-style distribution method.

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Food Bank and Ontario Northland have teamed up to host a “Stuff the Bus” food drive Saturday outside the Real Canadian Superstore.

“A few months ago Ontario Northland approached us to offer to do a one-day food drive to try and fill one of their big, beautiful buses with food to help restock the shelves in the Thunder Bay Food Bank,” said Allison Hill, Chair of the Board. , Thunder Bay Food Bank

The purpose of the drive was to restock food stores as the food bank begins its transition from food baskets to the traditional grocery store-style distribution method.

“Yesterday was our last day of handing out baskets and when we reopen, the next time we open for our customers, we will have our shelves stocked in the grocery store model instead,” Hill said. “It gives our customers more choice on what food they want to take home for their family.”

The partnership between the two organizations was initiated by Ontario Northland and Hill says companies that step up like this are essential to helping the community.

“It’s so important. We could not exist without the support of the community. We are totally volunteers. We are totally donation driven,” she said. “The only funding we receive comes from donations or the United Way and we are delighted when a company like this offers to help us.”

For more information on how to help the Thunder Bay Food Bank, visit their website!

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