Sobeys hosting big food drive Easter weekend

Ready for Sobeys big Easter Food drive this weekend. From left; Scott Lawson, FSO Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services, Karin DiBiase, supervisor fundraising and development for Port Cares, Grant Jennings,  Sobeys Port Colborne store operator, Amanda Upper, Port Cares Reach Out Centre supervisor Amanda Upper and firefighter Angie Spiece, Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services are looking for the public to support from the public for this big event.

Ready for Sobeys big Easter Food drive this weekend. From left; Scott Lawson, FSO Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services, Karin DiBiase, supervisor fundraising and development for Port Cares, Grant Jennings, Sobeys Port Colborne store operator, Amanda Upper, Port Cares Reach Out Centre supervisor Amanda Upper and firefighter Angie Spiece, Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services are looking for the public to support from the public for this big event.

Asking for public’s help to support our community

Easter weekend Sobeys in Port Colborne is hosting an Easter Food Drive and is looking for help from the public to support Port Cares.

“We’ve pretty much decided we want to do a nice big food drive for Easter weekend,” Sobeys Port Colborne store operator Grant Jennings said.

The food drive is running Thursday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Thursday we will be trying to catch people before they go away, but, the big day will be Saturday,” Jennings said.  “Saturday is by far the busiest day in retail for groceries and we are anticipating a large community turn out for this.”

All non-perishable food is welcome for the food drive, people don’t necessarily have to buy from Sobeys to donate.

“People can bring food to donate from anywhere,” Jennings said. “All non-perishable food donations are welcome for this.”

Saturday is the big day that includes a barbecue with open donations, money donations, food donations and entertainment.

“It’s just a great time of year, Easter is about giving,” he said. “It’s one of our core focuses, being involved in the community.”

The need for support year round is high at Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre.

“Hopefully we get a good turnout because we need all the help we can get,” Karin DiBiase, supervisor fundraising and development for Port Cares said.

“Looking back at the stats six months from January, we are serving an average of 200 young people under the age of 18 through our food bank each month,” she said. “We give out on average 256 lunch kits to local public schools and high schools so kids who need it can make lunches at home.”

“Every month 19,100 lbs of food goes out of our food bank,” she said. “We have 600 -700 individuals who use the food bank every month, the number varies throughout the year, the need is greater in the cooler months.”

“We also have meals three times weekly and on average we serve 12,000 meals/year,” she said.

The Port Colborne Fire Department will be on site helping out with the Food Drive.  They will be there to help customers with their groceries and help out wherever needed for the event.

“We’re going to have a truck here and we’ll help customers carry their groceries out,” Scott Lawson, FSO said. “The chief and deputy chief are going to be here as well and we’ve gotten some of the city councilors involved.”

“I think we need to keep giving back,” he said. “We are lucky to serve this community in so many different ways and this is one more way in which we enjoy helping out.”

Port Cares Reach Out Centre supervisor Amanda Upper is really looking forward to this event.

“This is really going to be a great event,” Amanda Upper of Port Cares said. “Not only does it involve one of our local authorities, it also involve Sobeys who are supporting us daily with their produce and the bread.”

“This is Sobeys encouraging others to realize first of all that there is a need year round,” she said. “Secondly, they are showing that Sobeys supports the community and the local food bank and everybody can, they are providing a good opportunity to the public to help out.”

“They are bringing the community together for a great cause,” she said.

For those wishing to purchase food to donate at Sobeys, they will be putting out products that are high on the wish list for donation in easy-to-locate places and they have pre-assembled bags located near the cashiers for purchase. Non-perishable food item or shampoo, soap, deodorant are what is most needed.