Spirit of Welland shines through during annual food drive

Volunteers unpack vehicles and sort the food donations or distribution Saturday at Auberge Richelieu for the Welland Food Drive.

The spirit of Welland shone brightly on a cloudy Saturday, Nov. 2/2019, as people all over town left out their donations for the Welland Food Drive.

An army of volunteers hit the streets to collect the donations, then took it all to be sorted, packed and delivered to three agencies for distribution to those in need.

The annual food drive stocks the shelves at the Hope Centre, Open Arms Mission and the Salvation Army. These donations are distributed throughout the year to families/people around the city who find it hard to pay the bills and buy food.

“This food drive is essential,” said Leslie Bellingham of Open Arms Mission said. “This is when we collect most of the food for the year, on this one day of the year.”

“We are really busy at our food bank, we have between 650 to 700 people that rely on our food bank every month,” she said.

Events like this take an army of volunteers from the volunteers collecting on the streets to the people organizing and packing the goods at the sorting centre set up at Auberge Richelieu.

“We have great dedicated volunteers here today,” said Monique Finley, an organizer of the Welland Food Drive. “We are being flooded with Welland’s generosity.”

“I think that in many, many respects, our feeling is that we are our brother’s keeper in that lending a helping hand to other Wellanders that need a helping hand till they get on their feet is something that we, as a city, rally behind,” she said. “

Though the food drive has done a great job of stocking the shelves at the food banks, for now, ongoing support and donations are always welcome.

In Welland, donation information is available through each organization’s website: