It’s time to stock the food shelves this weekend

As November hits and the weather turns colder volunteers in Port Colborne and Welland are getting ready for city-wide food drives to help stock the shelves of local agencies who help people in need.

The food drives are scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 2/2019.

In Port Colborne/Wainfleet, the annual Lions Club Food Drive helps families, the food distributed through Port Cares.

“Our local community has struggled with the effects of poverty for more than 40 years,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, executive director Port Cares, in a press release.  “As difficult as the struggle has been, the compassion and the care of the community have been even greater.”

“Right now, there are nearly 400 local children who are supported by the Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food Bank,” she said. “The Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Club food drive will ensure that low-income children and families who struggle to get by will be assured of nutritious food through the cold winter months.”

“Our Port Cares team appreciates the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work side by side Lions and community members at the 2019 Lions Food Drive,” she said.

In Port Colborne, residents are asked to place donations on their porch for collection by volunteers by 9 a.m.

Wainfleet Township residents can drop off donations for collection at the Meridian Credit Union up until noon on Saturday, Nov. 2/2019.

The main collection hub for Port Colborne is the Christian Life Assembly at 484 Barrick Road.

The Welland Food Drive supports the Hope Centre, Open Arms Mission, and the Salvation Army.

Volunteers will be collecting food left out for donations starting at 10 a.m.

The main collection point in Welland is Auberge Richelieu, 565 River Rd.

Both food drives are collecting non-perishable food items and toiletry items such as rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned stew, canned fruit, tuna, canned meat, Kraft Dinner, dry soup, side dishes, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.