Lack of Location May Jeopardize Annual Christmas Basket Program


Registration for the Brantford Food Bank’s Christmas Basket program begins in a week, despite the lack of location large enough for distribution.

The service which provides toys and food for families in need over the holiday season requires space between five and eight thousand square feet with a loading dock, hydro, heat, washrooms, and preferably located on a bus route.

“We are beginning registration on November 25th. We hope to have final details on our distribution location by that time.”

Heather Vanner, Executive Director, Brantford Food Bank

Vanner says, the organization’s contingency plan, if an appropriate location cannot be found, would unfortunately mean clients would receive less. Plan ‘B’ includes the same distribution of new toys but would eliminate the distribution of gently used toys, knitted goods and other items.

“Within our contingency plan, we would be essentially be running an eight week program within a one week window.”

Heather Vanner, Executive Director, Brantford Food Bank

More than 1700 families across Brantford, Brant and Six Nations received Christmas Baskets and toys for children in 2018, and the organization is anticipating similar numbers this holiday season.



Families and individuals who are in need may register for the program any weekday between  9am and 4pm at the Brantford Food Bank at 1100 Clarence Street South beginning November 25th up to December 13th.