For many, Christmas is a joyous season, but not for everyone. The Barrie Food Bank has launched its annual Holiday Food Drive in hopes of raising 180,000 pounds of food to refill the shelves and help families in need into the new year. The food bank distributes 75 thousand pounds of food a month to 2600 people (600 households). The most needed items at the food bank include: powdered milk, peanut butter, canned stew, canned luncheon meats, juices, rice, baby food and formula, canned tuna, mayonnaise, canned vegetables, soups, can pasta, macaroni, school snacks, sugar, flour, pancake mix, condiments such as ketchup and mustard and personal hygiene products soap, shampoo, toothpaste and feminine products. Financial donations are also welcome. Those donations help to purchase perishable items such as eggs, cheese, margarine, fresh produce and meats that can be included with each grocery order. Financial donations can be dropped at the Food Bank at 42 Anne Street South, or mailed to P.O. 145, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4S9. On-line donations can be made at www.barriefoodbank.org.