Amherst food drive is a community effort

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Groups collecting for food bank

The Amherst Y Service Club's spring food drive is Saturday. Various community organizations are joining the club in collecting food for the Amherst Food Assistance Network. Front row from left: Aidan Hicks, Bradley Hawkes, Sharon Merrill, William Sprague, Carman Merrill, Back row: Ron Robinson, Brayden Morris, Josh Gamble, Joseph Lafreniere, Charlotte Ross and Garth Rayner will all be participating in the food drive.

AMHERST – Seventeen years ago Carman Merrill was looking to give back to the community after the community gave so much to him and the Y Service Club.

The food bank at the time was always a church responsibility, but Merrill wanted to help out.

Merrill heard of the very successful Y’s Men Food Drive in Charlottetown and decided to adopt it for Amherst.

“Everyone seemed to support it, so we went with it.”

Now, the Cumberland Y Service Club and the Amherst Y’s Men are working in conjunction with volunteers for another year to bring food to people who need it most.

The drive will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Merrill said the drive has been very successful and expects much the same.

“I’m very happy the way it goes. We average about two tons (of food) a trip.”

One hundred people are expected to take part in the event. They’ll be going door-to-door throughout the Amherst area in search for non-perishable food items.

Some of the volunteers will include air, army and sea cadets, local churches, and the Amherst Food Assistance Network (AFAN).

“It’s quite the community involvement. I couldn’t do it alone,” Merrill said.

After the drive is complete, Charlotte Ross, AFAN past chair, will be receiving the food on behalf of the food bank to give back to those in need.

Ross said it’s one of the biggest food drives of the year.

“We depend on it now. It has been extremely good for us.”

The community can’t be thanked enough, Ross said.

“Amherst is a very caring and generous community and we trust that they’ll continue to do that.”

“It’s neighbour helping neighbour. It’s what the food bank is all about.”

staffreporter@amherstdaily.com

 

Organizations: Amherst Food Assistance Network, Cumberland Y Service Club

Geographic location: Amherst, Charlottetown

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