Volunteers, community made a difference on Make a Difference Day
© Jamie Heap-Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Noah MacDonald of the 154 Amherst Anson air cadet squadron holds a box of food collected Saturday while Bill Kane of the Amherst Food Assistance Network Association points to a Food Bank shelf that needs filling. The Amherst Food Bank feeds 340 families. Donations are gratefully accepted.
AMHERST-The actions of ordinary people this past Saturday will make a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of families in the months to come.
“This is one of the main food drives for the Amherst Food Assistance Network,” stated Amherst Food Assistance Network Association board member Ron Robinson this past Saturday morning at the Amherst Food Bank on Victoria St.
The Amherst Food Bank, which feeds 340 families, fed 770 people this past July.
“There were a lot of empty shelves here this morning,” stated Bill Kane of the Amherst Food Assistance Network Association. “It was our hope that a lot of them would be filled so that there will be enough food to feed the needy,” he added. “Hopefully, there will be enough to carry us through until our next food drive.”
In addition to the Y’s Men/Y’s Menettes, volunteers from the Amherst Ramblers, notwithstanding members of Amherst air, sea and army cadets, sorted such food items as canned fruits, canned vegetables, rice, noodles, macaroni, pasta/pizza sauce, canned soups, cereal, cookies, juice, coffee, tea and crackers back at the Knights of Columbus Hall before transporting it over to the Amherst Food Bank.
Y’s Men/Y’s Menettes’ semi-annual food drives, that are held in conjunction with the Amherst Food Assistance Network Association, are not the only times of the year that people can donate food items or money to the Amherst Food Bank.
“People can drop off food donations at the Amherst Food Bank (which is located at 62 Victoria Street)” stated Robinson. “If people want to drop a cheque in the mail (Amherst Food Bank, 62 Victoria St E Amherst, NS B4H 1X6), they will receive a tax deductible receipt,” added Kane. “All donations are gratefully accepted.”