You probably know a food bank user.

The likelihood is high that you or someone you know has needed to visit their local food bank.

Last year in Ontario, over a half a million people visited a food bank.

In Belleville, almost 10,000 adults and over 5,500 children were in need of food services.

How can you help?

There are many ways that you can get involved and make a difference in your community. 

  • Host a fundraising event 
  • Donate on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis
  • Get involved in one or more of our signature events
  • Purchase an extra item each time you go to your local grocery store and place in the bin
  • Donate a hamper to feed a family 

Every contribution, small or large, helps us reach out to those that need it most.

Why is the need so great?

We understand that sometimes at the end of the month there may be nothing left; we are here to support those that need help the most. 

ripe tomatoes in Gleaners' organic garden
Gleaners' organic garden is a source of fresh produce in season.

The cost of living including food, housing and basic needs continues to rise. When our clients earn only a minimum income or receive social assistance, food is purchased with whatever money is left after paying rent and bills. For some, that amount could be next to nothing.

Often, healthy food options such as fruit and vegetables are not being put in our clients shopping baskets as it is much more inexpensive to purchase boxed prepared food with little to no nutritional value. We try to ensure that our clients have options to choose from including fresh or frozen produce. 

Read: The real cost of eating well in Hastings and Prince Edward County 2018 edition

Last year in Ontario, over a half a million people visited a food bank.

In Belleville, almost 10,000 adults and over 5,500 children were in need of food services.

How can you help?

There are many ways that you can get involved and make a difference in your community. 

  • Host a fundraising event 
  • Donate on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis
  • Get involved in one or more of our signature events
  • Purchase an extra item each time you go to your local grocery store and place in the bin
  • Donate a hamper to feed a family 

Every contribution, small or large, helps us reach out to those that need it most.

Why is the need so great?

ripe tomatoes in Gleaners' organic garden
Gleaners' organic garden is a source of fresh produce in season.

We understand that sometimes at the end of the month there may be nothing left; we are here to support those that need help the most. 

The cost of living including food, housing and basic needs continues to rise. When our clients earn only a minimum income or receive social assistance, food is purchased with whatever money is left after paying rent and bills. For some, that amount could be next to nothing.

Often, healthy food options such as fruit and vegetables are not being put in our clients shopping baskets as it is much more inexpensive to purchase boxed prepared food with little to no nutritional value. We try to ensure that our clients have options to choose from including fresh or frozen produce. 

READ: The real cost of eating well in Hastings and Prince Edward County 2018 edition

Donate Food

Please consider making a food donation to help your local families in need

The following are staple items for our hampers. If these items are not donated, we purchase them.

Peanut Butter - Dry Pasta & Pasta Sauce - Pork N' Beans - Macaroni and Cheese - School Snacks - Canned Tuna/ Salmon - Canned Veggies - Canned/ Boxed Soup - Canned Fruit - Apple Juice - Gluten Free Items - Peanut Free Items - Sugar Free Items - Baby Food & Diapers

Gleaners Food Bank is dedicated to providing hampers aligned with the Canada Food Guide.

We accept fresh produce including potatoes, onions, carrots, fruit etc.

Where can I donate?

There are drop off locations at every grocery store in Belleville. Our donation barrels are located at the entrance/exit of each store. You can also drop of donations at our location here

Please donate fresh & frozen items directly to Gleaners Food Bank.

Did you know?

You can receive an in-kind tax receipt for your donation by bringing your original store receipt when you drop off your donation at the food bank.

Donate Money

As a non-profit organization, our funds are limited and are strictly received through donations. We are not a recipient of government funding, therefore, every dollar donated is purposefully guarded. We appreciate the community’s donations and understand that those donations are received from the people who want to make a difference. If you are short on time to donate, we ask that you consider placing a monetary donation instead. For every dollar donated, we are able to purchase 5 pounds of food. We appreciate your donation of any value as we strive to ensure that our community is hungry no more.

DONATE oNLINE

We are happy to receive cheques by mail.
Please make cheques payable to:

Gleaners Food Bank (Quinte) Inc.

Mail to: 
25 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, Ontario K8P 1Z3

Cash donations should be dropped off in person at the food bank during office hours.

Donate Time

Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. We depend on people like you to volunteer your time to help serve our community and feed the hungry. If you are recently retired, have a flexible schedule or time on your hands, we would be pleased for you to join our team!

Donating your time is just as precious as donating money to our organization. We value your time and we understand how volunteers impact a non-profit organization such as ours.

If all you have is time, we would be more than grateful for you to spend that time with us.

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Be a Donation Host

Are you having an upcoming birthday, anniversary or wedding? Do you wish that, instead of gifts, you could help your community?

Consider hosting a Community Event.

We have many groups, couples and children that who want to take part in solving a community problem rather than receiving gifts for their celebrations.

  • If you have a child who does not need any more gifts for their birthday, you can ask their friends to bring a non-perishable food item instead.
  • Instead of anniversary or wedding gifts, ask your friends and families to bring a non-perishable food item. This not only helps your community and a cause that you care about, but also lets your friends and family members become involved as well.

We provide thank you cards, tax receipts, donation barrels and donation boxes and children’s certificates to make it a fun filled celebration. If you are thinking about being a donation host, please contact us or fill out the “host a fundraiser” form!

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