AMHERST - Giving food to the Amherst food bank has never been easier, you don't even have to be home.
"If you're not at home you can put a bag out on the porch," said the Y's Service Club's Carmen Merrill.
Whether you are home or not the Amherst Army, Navy and Sea Cadets will be collecting bags of food throughout Amherst on April 21, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and even if you are home and are in bed and don't want to answer the door you can still leave a bag, or bags, of food on the porch and they will be collected.
This is the 17th year that the Cumberland Y Service Club and Amherst Y's Menettes have held their spring food drive and Rev. Charlotte Ross, who heads the Amherst Food Assistance Network, said the need is greater than ever.
"The price of everything has gone up," said Ross. "Food, power, fuel and phone bills have all gone up."
The food bank needs non-perishable food items, including baby food, and they also need hygiene products and house cleaning products.
"What you have in your home is what we need," said Ross. "Whatever you need to run a home we need at the food bank."
Merrill thanks the Cadets for their help.
"We can't do the food drive without their help," he said. "With the help of the Cadets we can't cure peoples problems but we can help relieve them a little bit."
Anybody who would like to volunteer at the food drive can arrive at the Trinity St. Stephen United Church on Havelock Street at April 21, at 9:30 a.m.