Food donation barrel for Food bank of San Benito County

Rolling out our annual Holiday Food Drive feels like an old friend came into town for a visit — great to see them, a familiar, friendly look and always bringing good cheer. This year, over 90 donation barrels are already placed at locations throughout the county and more are going out nearly every day.

The food drive, which runs through the end of the year, is a mainstay of the food bank’s outreach & partnership with our local community. Donations of canned and boxed shelf-stable foods come at a critical time of the year, as the supply of fresh produce from local growers begins to slow during the winter. Our community has always stepped up to fill – and exceed – the need.

Fill the barrel, fill the need, fill your heart and the hearts of others!

When you’re deciding what to donate, consider that items high in protein are greatly appreciated. Canned meats, tuna fish, peanut butter, beans and hearty soups are all good choices.

Here’s a question we love to answer: Can I buy things at the grocery store to donate? Answer: Yes! Consider going on a grocery shopping trip, buying as though it were for your own family, and donate those groceries. You can place them in one of the donation barrels or make direct donations to the food bank from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Prefer to donate money instead of groceries? No problem! Making an online donation allows us to use our buying power as a food bank to purchase items far below wholesale cost. A monetary donation to Community FoodBank truly leverages the power of your dollar.

Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.


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