Community Food Share’s Fill-a-Bag Drive tips the scales at 13,638 lbs

Team Williamsburg was one of 30 hard-working teams that participated in Community Food Share's 2nd Annual Fill-a-Bag Food Drive. Pictured here are Tracy Whitteker, Cidell Whitteker, Sharon Whitteker, Brenda Whitteker, Bailey Whitteker, Kevin Kennedy and Lindsay Waddell. Together they collected two truck-loads of food from generous residents in their community.

DUNDAS AND STORMONT — The goal of Community Food Share’s Fill-a-Bag Food Drive was a simple one — help ensure that none of our neighbours in Dundas County and North Stormont go hungry this summer. The non-profit organization also hoped to exceed year’s total donation of 13,633 lbs of food.

Thanks to dozens of volunteers and area residents who made generous donations of non-perishable food items 13,638 lbs of food was collected.

‘I want to personally thank whoever was in the process of filling their bag and at the last minute decided to add a few more items’, said Community Food Share Administrator Ian McKelvie. ‘Without them, we would not have exceeded last year’s total by five lbs. Seriously though, we are still receiving bags from residents who may have been away when we collected the bags on June 3 or who merely forgot to put them out. It’s very likely the final total will be 13,700 lbs or more.’

The Fill-a- Bag Food Drive began on Saturday May 27 when 30 teams of volunteers fanned out to distribute grocery bags to households in Morrisburg, Finch, Winchester, Chesterville, Iroquois, Morewood, South Mountain and Williamsburg. Each bag included a letter with details as to what the food drive is about, what items are most needed and instructions on when the bag would be picked up.

By the time the volunteers were finished, over 4,000 grocery bags had been handed out. Those same volunteers were back on Saturday June 3 to collect the bags of donated food that homeowners had left in a visible location.

“I am very pleased with the final total,” said McKelvie. “There were lots of community events taking place on June 3 and all of them were worthy of support. We could have very easily been forgotten. Our volunteers did a terrific job once again and the community responded. Last year’s Fill-a- Bag Food Drive kept our shelves well-stocked during the summer and I expect it will be the same this year.”

 


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The organizers of Art on the Waterfront sincerely thank our supporters and sponsors for the success of this year’s event.