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Orangeville Food Bank to host food drive on Saturday, August 13

July 28, 2016   ·   0 Comments

If you are shopping at a grocery store  on Saturday, August 13, keep an eye out for volunteers and members of Orangeville Food Bank having a special Food Drive, accepting donations for food or money.

From 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m., Orangeville Food Bank will have Food Drive locations set up at Orangeville Sobeys, Metro, Zehrs, No Frills, FreshCo, Walmart and the Shoppers Drug Mart at 25 Broadway.

People can donate food or money at these locations, as well as donating cash at the store’s registry. As always, people can call ahead to drop off food at the Food Bank at 25 Centennial Road, Unit 5.

Some of the most wanted food items are canned pasta, canned fruit in water, peanut butter, pasta sauce, cereal, granola bars and hygiene items.

For health standards, anything canned at home (anything homemade), or broken cannot be accepted.

Heather Hayes, Executive Director of Orangeville Food Bank, says it would be great to raise 10,000 pounds and for the Food Drive to carry them through to Thanksgiving.

For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can turn it into $3, to buy fresh and perishable foods, as the Food Bank passes 14,000 pounds of food per month.

Ms. Hayes says they don’t have food drives very often, thanks to the generosity of the community, but during summer a food drive is very important because that is when they run low on food the most.

“It gives people a really good sense of helping other people and the ability to give to the neighbours.”

She says the Food Bank is like a regular bank, where people make deposits and withdrawals, as she says some people come in saying they never expected to use the Food Bank, showing anyone could need community service at any point in their life.

         

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