Orangeville Lions holding food drive at local Metro grocery store

April 7, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

The Orangeville Lions are holding a food drive at the local Metro grocery store this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (April 9), the Lions will be stationed at the store entrance/exit to collect food and cash donations for the Orangeville Food Bank.

Orangeville Lion member, Kris McBride noted the importance of supporting the local food bank as Canada faces economic challenges related to food prices.

“We have all seen the news about the high level of inflation we are experiencing and in particular the high cost of food,” said McBride. “If you are fortunate enough to be able to help your neighbours, please come and visit the Metro grocery store on First Street, Saturday April 9 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and give what you can.”

The most needed perishable food items are fruits (apples, oranges, pears, bananas, and any seasonal fruit), vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, and any seasonal vegetable), and dairy (milk, eggs, butter, margarine, cheese, and yogurt).

The most needed non-perishable food items are kraft dinner, sidekicks pasta or rice, baby food in jars or pouches, spaghetti sauce, gluten free crackers, snack bars, ketchup, and sugar.

Other items that are needed include canned meats, canned salmon, canned pasta, large juice/juice boxes, hamburger helper, cooking oil, spices, baby diapers, pull-ups (size four and up), and personal care items.

Metro will have brown paper bags prepared with the most needed items at various price points that can be purchased and donated.

The Orangeville Lions hold a minimum of two food drives for the local food bank each year, in cooperation with Metro. Last year they collected over 2,200 lbs of food and almost $3,000 in cash donations.

“The Orangeville Lions Club has many programs and projects that we support; many of these address the requirements for specific families and individuals. The support of the local food bank allows us to impact the lives of many residents all at once by providing some resources to the food bank to allow them to continue to do the great work that they do,” said McBride.

The Orangeville Lions have been holding food drives for the Orangeville Food Bank annually for over five years and saw a brief interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McBride noted the club’s excitement for holding the fundraiser regularly again. 

“We are thrilled to be back out in the community and supporting such a worthwhile cause,” McBride said. “Please come out to Metro to Saturday and help us to help others.”

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