Hamilton Food Share suffering baby formula shortage

No one in our community should go hungry, so CBC is teaming up with Hamilton Food Share all month to support local food banks. Don't miss our Sounds of the Season open house on Friday, Dec. 14 during Art Crawl.

A month of giving in support of Hamilton Food Share

CBC Hamilton's annual Sounds of the Season open house is on Friday, December 14 between 5-7pm at 118 James Street North! This year you can donate with food, cash and credit card. (CBC Hamilton)

More than 1,000 babies visit food banks in Hamilton every month.

The tiny infants are among the city's most vulnerable and right now Hamilton Food Share is suffering a baby formula shortage.

"We want babies start their lives in the best way possible ... and we don't have enough baby formula to hand out," explained Celeste Taylor, resource development manager for the organization that supplies 12 major food banks across the city.

"Many people can't afford to buy it," she added. "I'm particularly concerned about items like that because they have long reaching implications for coming generations."

Giving cash is often a way their money can be stretched further.- Celeste Taylor, Hamilton Food Share

Each month the food banks feed more than 12,600 people — about a third of those are children.

"Here in Hamilton the need is so great that no donation will be too big for us," said Taylor. "We are the kind of place that can handle 10 tons of potatoes, we're also the kind of place that can handle huge financial donations.

"The need is so great that we can put it to work for food right away."

Join CBC for Sounds of the Season

No one in our community should go hungry, so CBC is teaming up with Hamilton Food Share to support local food banks again this Christmas season for the Sounds of the Season campaign. All month you can donate online or in person at our James Street North studio. And don't miss our Sounds of the Season open house during Art Crawl on Friday, Dec. 14 between 5-7pm at 118 James Street North!

Come visit our station bring some food or make a monetary donation (cash or credit cards accepted), pick up a CBC collectable and pop by for a complementary cup of coffee, thanks to RELAY Coffee Roasters.

Please consider giving generously to Hamilton Food Share.  At the Sounds of the Season event you can donate with:

  • Food.
  • Cash.
  • Credit card.

NEW THIS YEAR: Donate $20 to CBC Hamilton's Sounds of the Season & receive a limited edition holiday toque! While quantities last. Donations must be made in person at CBC beginning Dec. 3 during regular business hours or online between December 15-31. In person donations of food or financial support will be accepted during our Art Crawl open house on Dec. 14. Toques must be picked-up and will not be shipped. Limited to one per person. Here is the link to the online donation page. When you donate online, be sure to direct your support to Hamilton food banks.

From a $1 donation to $5-worth of food

Local food banks are hungry for high-protein items such as tuna, beef stew, pasta, sauce and rice, according to Taylor.

"Basically anything that anyone would eat at home is what we would want to have in the food bank system."

Monetary donations can also go a long way toward helping the less fortunate.

"For every dollar a person gives we're able to give $5-worth of food," she added. "Giving cash is often a way their money can be stretched further."

Here to help in a crisis

Rising rent and stagnant government programs mean the need number of hungry mouths remains steady, said Taylor.

Just over a third of food bank users in Hamilton are living on a disability income, she added. That means as the costs of living continue to rise and pensions become more scarce people will need help.

"There's a whole group of people who don't have money for the laundromat, let along to set aside for their old age and as a society we need to be thinking about that with compassion."

Celeste Taylor with the Hamilton Food Share says baby formula is in especially short supply. (Contributed)

Hamilton Food Share exists to assist people in a crisis situation survive.

"It's not just the spirit of Christmas or the giving spirit of Hanukkah," she explained. "It's also each one of us digging deep to think 'What kind of society do I want to live in.'"