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Bingo World helping Newmarket Food Pantry with big holiday drive

The bingo hall in Newmarket is collecting donations from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, making it easy to drop off food
Bingo World staff in front of the massive food donation container.

Bingo World in Newmarket is helping this holiday season by collecting donations for the Newmarket Food Pantry.

From Dec. 1 to 22, the bingo hall at 1230 Kerrisdale Blvd. is accepting food donations with the goal of filling a large U-Haul container that’s been festively decorated with wrapping paper.

Quinn McGowan, charity and social media consultant at Bingo World, said what sets this food drive apart is how accessible it is for people to donate at the hall.

“It allows a little bit more flexibility for people who are looking to drop off food because the doors are open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and that’s seven days a week,” he said.

That applies to existing customers who are coming to play or members of the community who simply want to drop off donations.

McGowan said this is something where “we can feel like we can make a big difference in the community.”

Bingo World is committed to having a bigger impact in the community, McGowan said, and the food drive is a good opportunity to do just that.

“At this time of the year, especially with rising prices at the grocery store for food, it’s kind of crazy to see that so many people are in need of help,” he said.

Bingo World is aiming to make this food drive bigger and better than ever.

According to the Newmarket Food Pantry’s website, the most needed items right now are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal
  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit cups
  • Juice boxes
  • Jam
  • Size 6 diapers
  • Baby food (vegetable or mixed)
  • Canned tomato sauce

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