At least two local food banks are reaching out for help during a time when donations are critically low.

Good Shepherd is holding a Cram-a-Truck food drive this weekend to try to restock its shelves. Like other Hamilton food banks, Good Shepherd’s cupboards are bare during the summer, when food bank organizers say vacations and other distractions take people’s minds off donating.

The Cram-a-Truck drive will be at Longo’s in Burlington at the corner of Fairview Street and Maple Avenue. It’ll be July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Neighbour to Neighbour centre is also holding a food drive this weekend. On Saturday, it will hold “Stuff the Bus” at Freshco at Upper Gage and Rymal from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, there will be a 50 Hours of Food drive at Fortino’s at Upper James and Rymal at noon.

Other local food banks and hot meal lines also include Mission Services of Hamilton, Living Rock, Wesley Urban Ministries, St. Matthew's House, Welcome Inn, Stoney Creek Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

Here are some common items needed by food banks:

  • Cereal.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Baby formula.
  • Canned fruits and vegetables.
  • Rice.
  • Chick peas.
  • Pasta sauce and dry pasta.
  • Canned pastas.
  • Pork and beans.

Check out the PDF below for a list of Hamilton-area food banks.