Items like peanut butter and juice still in demand
© Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
RBC Amherst branch manager Gary Tower (second right) presents a $1,000 cheque to Bill Kane of the Amherst Food Network while (from left) Tammy Taylor of RBC, Rev. Charlotte Ross of the food network and Terra Mitchell of RBC look on.
AMHERST – Thanks to some elbow grease, the Amherst Food Assistance Network has received $1,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada.
As they have for the past three years, bank staff spent a Saturday at the food bank doing a little spring cleaning. Because of that, the bank was able to access funding for RBC to donate the food bank.
"This was the third year we've participated in the program and not only does the food bank get a cleanup, they also get $1,000," branch manager Gary Tower said. "Ideally we wouldn't need a food bank to support, but they need our assistance and we will continue to help them out any way we can."
The branch has long been a supporter of the Amherst food bank. Each Christmas, the bank collects food donations from its staff and customers and presents the non-perishable food items to food bank officials.
Rev. Charlotte Ross, the past chairwoman of the food bank's board, said the money comes in handy.
"This is certainly wonderful to receive this donation," Ross said. "It's money we can use to purchase things like meat, milk, eggs and produce."
Last week, food bank officials urged people to continue to think of their organization over the summer. Ross said the community response has been pretty good and she's hoping people will continue to make both food and monetary donations.
"While people do take a summer holiday hunger doesn't take a vacation," Ross said. "We're still seeing about 300 families a month and that translates into 750 to 800 people."
She said things like peanut butter and juice are becoming a luxury product. Clients would like to have peanut butter but its cost is increasing and people aren't donating it as much as they used to.