Food Drive canvassers going door-to-door Saturday

Volunteers still needed for both events

The Welland and Port Colborne/Wainfleet annual Food Drives are happening this Saturday Nov. 4/2017, don’t forget to set out your donations of non-perishable food items for volunteers to pick up.

“We’re asking people in Port Colborne to have their food out for collection by 9 a.m. Saturday,” said Jeremy Hamm, organizer for the 24th annual Port Colborne/Wainfleet Lions Club Food Drive said.

People who wish to donate in Wainfleet can drop items off until Saturday noon at the Meridian Credit Union Branch at 31885 Hwy 3 in Wainfleet.

In Welland, people are asked to have their donations out on the doorstep by 10 a.m. Saturday morning for collection by volunteers.

“If you miss the date, foodstuffs will be collected throughout the week at the YMCA and the two city fire halls,” Welland Food Drive coordinator Monique Findlay said.

Food collected for the Port Colborne/Wainfleet Food Drive is brought to Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre for distribution, the food collected in Welland is brought to The Hope Centre,  Open Arms Mission and The Salvation Army to be disseminated to those in need in the community.

“For people living in poverty or for those who are low income, there are very difficult choices to make especially in the winter when bills for heat and hydro escalate,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, executive director of Port Cares.

“Being faced with choice of paying your utilities or buying food is not easy for those in need,” she said. “The Lion’s Food drive is absolutely vital to our ability to assist families and individuals in need of food especially through the winter months.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs and such an amazing compassionate, generous and caring community,” she said.

Volunteers are still needed for both food drives.

“Yes volunteers are still needed,” said Jeremy Hamm about the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lion’s Club Food Drive.  “We need approximately 300 but can always use more. People can volunteer starting at The Christian Life Assembly Church, 484 Barrick Rd. We need volunteers for driving, going door to door, sorting at the church, or helping at the warehouse and cleaning up at the church at the end of the day.”

“To students, this is a great way to obtain volunteer hours. It is fun and rewarding. An excellent way to make life-long friends,” he said.

For the Welland Food Drive, volunteers can sign up on the Welland Food Drive website: .

“This is a real community event, all volunteers are welcome,” Monique Findlay said of the Welland Food Drive.

Canvassers are needed for the door-to-door action, drivers for routes and people are still needed for the sorting station at Club Richelieu.

“The Welland Food Drive is celebrating 25 Years of Giving this year,” Findlay said. “Welland has experienced our share of difficulties as a community and yet there still is so much to celebrate and be proud of, like the Welland Food Drive, this community’s outpouring of giving.”

“For the last quarter century on the first Saturday of November, Wellanders have given all the can, food, time, energy,” she said. “A generous, caring, supportive community is indeed something to be proud of.”

The Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Club is celebrating its 24th year of organizing the food drive. The club organizes the event “because of the need to feed famiĺies in our community,” organizer Jeremy Hamm said.

“There is an abundant need where people of all walks of life, incomes are falling short and unfortunately the food budget gets cut to pay other bills,” he said. “We Lions are always ready to serve where a need arises.”

Both the Welland Food Drive and the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Club Food Drive are looking for donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items. Foods like cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit, tuna, canned meat, canned stew, canned pasta, dry pasta, sauce, canned Pork and Beans, jams, baby food, rice, Kraft Dinner are what’s needed. Also items like toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, and other toiletries are needed.

Lists of items needed are available on the Port Cares website and the Welland Food Drive website .



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