Y Service Food Drive a success
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(From Left) Amherst Food Assistance Network Association board member
Ron Robinson, Y's Menette Sharon Merill and Y's Man Ivan Macdonald display
donated food items from the first van load to be delivered to the Amherst food
bank located on 5 King St. this past Saturday in the Knights of Columbus
Hall parking lot in Amherst.
AMHERST – Food, like clothing and shelter, is something that many of us here in Cumberland County take for granted. For the 300 Amherst and area families that rely on food from the Amherst food bank each month, nothing could be further from the truth.
“Y’s Men food drives are extremely important to us,” stated past Amherst Food Assistance Network chair Charlotte Ross from the Amherst Food bank.
Ross has been working with the Amherst food bank since 1988, long before it relocated to its present, centralized location on 5 King St., Amherst, in 2001.
“The spring food drive enables us to have food on hand over the summer months. Some people are always hungry; hunger doesn’t take a vacation over the summer,” she added.
For two hours this past Saturday morning, volunteers of all ages (including army, sea and air cadets) collected food from Amherst’s 31 collection routes.
“It’s great to see the kids out doing stuff like collecting for the food bank,” stated volunteer Judi Giroux, a sentiment that was echoed by fellow volunteer George Baker.
Back inside the Knights of Columbus Hall on Robie Street, numerous volunteers sorted the food that they collected on tables, separating it into such categories as canned fruits and vegetables, rice, noodles, macaroni, pasta and pizza sauce, canned soups, cereal, cookies, juice, coffee, tea, crackers, cooking supplies and such condiments as ketchup.
Such toiletries as shampoo, notwithstanding baby supplies, were also donated.
Y’s Menette Sharon Merrill, whose husband Carman Merrill was out collecting food, was pleased with the generosity of Amherst and area. She also praised the efforts of those people who volunteered their Saturday mornings in support of the spring food drive.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of other people,” said Merrill.
Volunteers were treated to refreshments inside the hall upon their return from their food collection routes, notwithstanding sorting it into one of the aforementioned categories.
The Amherst food bank accepts donations year round. “Thanks to the citizens of Amherst for their generosity,” staid Ross. “Anyone who wasn’t home on Saturday morning can drop their donations to Sobeys, the downtown Scotiabank, RBC or the Credit Union.”
The next Y’s Men food drive to be held in conjunction with the Amherst Food Assistance Network Association will be held right around Thanksgiving during the month of October.