Children’s lunch boxes are coming up emptier than usual after a decline in donations to the Kanata Food Cupboard.
Since Christmas, the organization has been in need of staples such as juice boxes and fruit cups, said client co-ordinator Karen Waters.
“It’s weird how some of the stuff comes in; you go from one extreme to another,” she said. “If people could donate that would be great.”
The food cupboard is most in need of the following non-perishables:
* Juice boxes.
* Granola bars.
* Apple sauce.
* Fruits cups.
* Cheez Whiz.
* Flakes of turkey and chicken.
“We really need items that can be used in children’s lunches,” said Waters. “If we emphasize on that, hopefully it’ll get people’s attention.”
She said she’s unsure if there has actually been a drop in the number of donations received or if the lack of food is due to the number of families the cupboard is helping every month.
“I haven’t noticed this before, but it could be the increase in families we’re getting,” said Waters.
The Kanata Food Cupboard helped a total of 164 families over the course of three weeks in December – and that doesn’t include Christmas, said Waters.
The organization aided 335 families over the holidays, she added.
“We served, in the month of December, 290 children for regular visits. Over Christmas we helped out 702 (children),” she said. “That’s Kanata alone.”
Donations can be dropped off at the cupboard’s warehouse location at 2 The Parkway from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, or at any of the following grocery stores:
* Real Canadian Superstore -- 760 Eagleson Rd.
* Laura’s Your Independent Grocer -- 300 Eagleson Rd.
* Loblaws -- Kanata Centrum, 200 Earl Grey Dr.
* Sobeys -- 700 Terry Fox Dr.
* Sobeys -- 840 March Rd.
* Food Basics -- 150 Katimavik Rd.
* Metro -- 4048 Carling Ave.
For more information, visit kanatafoodcupboard.ca, connect on Twitter with @KanataFoodCpbrd or like them on Facebook by searching Kanata Food Cupboard.