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VPL Food Drive
  • Book it to our food drive and get in the holiday mood by giving what you CAN. From December 1 to 16, Vaughan Public Libraries is accepting donations of non-perishable food items at all locations for our 17th annual food drive. Collected items will be donated to the Vaughan Food Bank, Humanity First and Chasdei Kaduri. Show your support for our community and make a difference.

    This year we are collecting birthday party supplies towards making birthday kits for families in need during our teen program, Makers with a Cause. Needed items include cake mix, non-perishable frosting, birthday candles, etc. These items will help fill our birthday party kits for families in our community who may not otherwise be able to celebrate with sweet treats.

    Frequently Asked Questions:  

    What Items are most needed by the Food Banks? 

    • Dry and canned lentils and beans
    • Canned soups 
    • Cereal boxes
    • Pasta, Rice
    • Pasta sauce
    • Cooking oil
    • Mayonnaise
    • Tuna, Salmon, Sardines
    • Toiletries: Boxes of Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste

    What Items are not accepted? 

    • Foods passed their “Best Before” dates
    • Bulk Food
    • Fresh Food
    • “Junk” Food
    • Homemade Food
    • Damaged Items

    Where do I bring my items and when? 

    Items can be dropped off to the Service Desk at any library branch between December 1 - 16, 2023 

    Where will the items be donated? 

    Humanity First Food Bank. 

    Based in Vaughan, Ontario, Humanity First Canada is an international non-profit volunteer based charitable organization providing relief and assistance to the less fortunate in Canada and across the globe to alleviate poverty and improve their quality of life (www.humanityfirstcanada.ca). In the City of Vaughan, Humanity First serves 450 to 500 families (1500 to 1800 individuals) a month. The food bank is open to the public 6 days a week. In addition to walk in clients, they also deliver food hampers to those who cannot drive or cannot afford their own transportation.  

    Vaughan Food Bank 

    The Vaughan Food Bank has been operating since 1995 and services needy residents of Vaughan as well as various agencies in York Region. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. The Vaughan Food Bank is supported by contributions from various corporations and individuals. There is no monetary support from municipal, provincial or federal governments.  

    Chasdei Kaduri

    The Chasdei Kaduri is the largest volunteer-run Jewish organization providing weekly delivery of non-perishable and fresh food to thousands of needy Jewish families in the GTA. Since 2013 Chasdei Kaduri has distributed 1,500,000 pounds of food.

    Can I make a cash donation? 

    Unfortunately, we are not set up to handle cash donations for other organizations. We encourage you to make a cash donation directly to the Vaughan Food Bank or Humanity First in order to receive a charitable donation receipt. 



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