After the news came out this morning that Ontario food banks served over half a million Ontarians, including a 10% increase in seniors, last year it seemed an important time to talk about how they need and receive our support. If you have never been a part of a food drive or donated to one, it would be a welcome bit of aid to any of the 501,590 individuals who utilized these important programs last year; and helping them is incredibly easy. It is often as easy as picking up a few extra items on the shelf and dropping them in a basket at the end of your shopping trip in the grocery store; or taking a look through your cupboards and pulling out a few long lived products and delivering them to an event where you can stuff a vehicle or listen to music or even see a Holiday train like what happened last week. Even if you don’t have any physical food to donate a donation of funds is just as helpful and the donation locations are as varied as many local churches or even your local radio station (571 West Street, Brantford 9 am to 5 pm for the Christmas Baskets program).
While it might seem daunting to try to feed half a million people it happens every year and though there are moments when the struggle is real to accommodate all that are in need it is stories like your Good News Story of the Day that remind us through the kind, caring, and giving nature of our fellows that such daunting tasks are possible.
Giving Tuesday was last week and according to Wendi Campbell, the CEO of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, 122,372 meals were raised that day. “What an amazing difference the community makes all-year round, but especially in the season of giving. Giving Tuesday was a great way to lead us into the month of December with some incredible generosity from the community helping us raise enough food and funds for more than 122,000 community meals. It’s really just the start of a lot of giving that’s going to happen throughout the holiday season.”
And it is that giving spirit carried through the Christmas season and the year to follow that will supply all of those who would otherwise go hungry with food to fill their stomachs and feed their children who can go on to lead their lives as everyone should be able to do.
If you are curious about what items are needed let us listen to Ms. Campbell – “This holiday season, we’re encouraging the community to participate in an event, donate to a local food drive or at your local grocery store. Those most-needed non-perishable food items; peanut butter, canned fruit, rice, canned meat and fish, pasta and pasta sauce.” Campbell said you can also head online and make a donation. “For every dollar we raise, we can provide three meals in the community that will help support more than 34,000 people who are being served by out Community Food Assistance Network.”
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