Amherst to raise hunger awareness

Darrell Cole
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Imagine No Hunger event on Nov. 1

Empowering Beyond Barriers is joining other community organizations on Nov. 1 to raise money and food for food banks in Amherst and Springhill.

Colleen Dowe (left) of Empowering Beyond Barriers and singer Michele LeBlanc are urging people to participate in the Imagine No Hunger musical celebration in Victoria Square on Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

AMHERST – Imagine a world without hunger.

It may seem like a lofty, if not unattainable goal, but a group of community activists is hoping to a small step in that direction through a musical celebration of John Lennon’s iconic song Imagine.

Imagine No Hunger, organized by the Empowering Beyond Barriers Society, is hosting the event in support of food banks in Amherst and Springhill on Friday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Victoria Square.

Imagine will be played on the church bells at Amherst First Baptist Church, while a number of local entertainers will add their voices to the theme including the ARHS jazz choir, Susan Robichaud, The Fellas, Michele LeBlanc (Gould), Jim Scopie, Ed Cooke and others.

“It’s a very important event and the least we can do is give 30 minutes to participate and think about how we can help the food bank and the hungry in our community,” said LeBlanc, who will be performing in the Imagine ceremony for the third consecutive year. “The food bank is so important to so many people, especially at this time of year.”

People are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank while financial contributions will also be accepted. Everything collected will be split between the food banks in Amherst and Springhill.

Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Barriers said previous events have been very well attended and she’s hoping to see more people come out this year in support of the food banks.

Along with raising food and money for both food banks, she said Imagine No Hunger also raised important awareness as people head into the holiday season.

“People think of the food banks at Christmastime, but hunger is a very real problem 365 days a year,” Dowe said.

Food bank use in Amherst has continued to climb with many more families turning to the organization for help during tough times.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Empowering Beyond Barriers Society, Amherst First Baptist Church

Geographic location: Amherst, Springhill

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