Markham Ward 8 Councillor Isa Lee Community Event

2021 Fight Hunger Food Drive Challenge

I would like to begin by thanking the community for the immense support we received for the Ward 8 COVID-19 Care Package Giveaway last year. Roughly 1,500 families received care packages containing PPEs, essential items and much more to help them stay protected and informed through the pandemic. 

While restrictions have eased, the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh heavily on families, with many struggling to put food on the table. With Christmas just around the corner, I am hoping that we as a community can come together once again to raise food and money for these struggling families, so that they can have warm and hearty meals with their loved ones this holiday season. 

Data collected at a Food Bank shows that it costs approximately $100 to feed a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) for four days, and approximately $200 for one week’s worth of food. My goal is to provide 500 local families in need with food throughout the Christmas week through 105 Gibson Centre Food Bank’s annual Christmas Gift Hamper Program, as well as through York Region Food Bank and Markham Food Bank. We will need to raise $100,000 to make this a reality, and I am confident we will be able to achieve this with the help of our community. 

As part of this Food Drive Challenge:

Individuals and businesses can donate any non-perishables and personal care products.

Restaurants can participate in our 10% Profit Donation Day by donating 10% of your profits on Sunday, December 12.


Individuals or businesses who would like to join in on this initiative are welcome to donate any non-perishables or money directly to 105 Gibson Centre.

I will personally be at 105 Gibson Centre to receive donations on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Anyone who comes to donate items that day will receive 5 FREE MASKS.

Here are some of the items recommended for this Food Drive Challenge: 
Canned Food Items:
Pasta Sauce / Tomato Paste / Tuna / Salmon / Corned Beef / Luncheon Meat / Corn / Etc. 
Dry Goods & Kitchen Items:
Rice / Chickpeas / Lentils / Kidney Beans / Cooking Oil / Sugar / Flour / Pasta / Cookies / Crackers / Cereal (Box) / Oatmeal / Instant Coffee / Tea Bags / Etc. 
Personal & Home Care Items:
Shampoo / Body Wash / Bar Soap / Toothpaste / Toothbrush / Dish Detergent / Laundry Detergent / Etc. 


We are asking restaurants to join in this initiative by donating 10% of their income on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021. 

Restaurants who participate will receive an event pass to put up on their restaurant, and will receive recognition via my social media. 

If you would like to take part, please contact my office at or (905)948-5108. 



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