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Annual collection supports food bank

AMHERST – Over the years the Cumberland Y Service Club and the Y’s Menettes have assembled an impressive team to collect food for the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

Carmen Merrill of the Amherst Y Service Club and Sharon Merrill of the Y’s Menettes look on as Amherst Mayor Robert Small signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 5 as Make A Difference Day in the Town of Amherst. Looking on are representative of some of the groups that will be participating in the annual fall food drive.

AMHERST – Over the years the Cumberland Y Service Club and the Y’s Menettes have assembled an impressive team to collect food for the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

On Oct. 5, those community volunteers will be out in full force once again participating in Make A Difference Day, collecting non-perishable food items for the town’s food bank.

“It’s your chance to make a difference,” Carmen Merrill of the Y Service Club said. “Each year we have a great team of volunteers going door-to-door in the town collecting food for the food bank. It has been very successful and has certainly helped make a difference.”

Volunteers will be travelling through neighbourhoods from 10 a.m. to noon collecting food. If they are not going to be home, residents can leave food donations on their front step.

Deacon Howard Gotell of the Amherst Food Assistance Network said the food that’s collected goes a long way to supporting the more than 300 families who require help.

“It’s an outstanding community effort,” Gotell said. “They do it two times a year for us and the response has been tremendous.”

Gotell said the food bank has received the support of numerous community events that raise both funds and non-perishable food items.

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Organizations: Amherst Food Assistance Network, Cumberland Y Service Club

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