Music for Food a big hit

Raises more than $5,500 for food bank

Darrell Cole
Published on September 30, 2013
Kelly Hurley and Ruth Pipes from the Amherst Centre branch of the Scotiabank present a cheque to Bill Kane of the Amherst Food Assistance Network while Music for Food supporters (back, left to right) Drew Moore and Roy Pettigrew look on. The concert raised a total of $5,589 with the matching donation of $2,794 from the bank.
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For the second consecutive year a concert in support of the local food bank has raised more than $5,000.

AMHERST – It was a concert for a huge cause with the end result being a bigger contribution to Amherst’s needy families.

The second Music for Food concert at Amherst First Baptist Church recently was a big success with more than $5,000 raised for the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

“The afternoon went very well,” organizer Roy Pettigrew said. “We had a big turnout and a lot of money and awareness was raised for the food bank.”

The event was helped by the team from the Amherst Centre branch of Scotiabank, which matched the $2,794 raised by those in attendance to bring the final tally up to $5,589.

The Sept. 22 event saw several bands perform at the historic downtown church including the Jim Richards Band from Truro, Mike Blakeney and Drew Moore, LP Express, Arnie’s Bluegrass Band and Just Friends.

After being held at the Amherst Lions Club last year, the concert was moved to the Baptist church, where Pettigrew said the musicians found the acoustics to be much better.

“Several of the musicians liked the acoustics in the church. Hopefully, we’ll be able to hold it here again next year. It was very successful,” Pettigrew said.

Food bank spokesman Bill Kane said events such as the concert go a long way toward keeping the shelves stocked at the downtown Amherst facility.

“It’s amazing the amount of money it takes to keep the shelves stocked with food and we’re extremely fortunate to have supporters such as this,” Kane said. “The food bank and its clients are very appreciative of the money that’s raised and the effort that’s put into it.”

Kane said the food bank is continuing to see a number of new families coming through its doors every month.

“In July alone we had 20 new families,” Kane said. “It’s amazing sometimes when you look at the shelves and see them stocked that you’d never believe they would be almost empty within a week. It shows there continues to be a high demand for the food bank.”

Besides their support for the concert, the bank also regularly holds Food Bank Fridays at which time employees can dress casually in return for a food bank donation. Recently, the bank gave more than 1,000 pounds of food to the food bank.

Other events coming up in support of the food bank include the Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Cumberland Y Service Club and Y’s Menettes on Saturday, while the Amherst Wesleyan Church is planning an evening of song and praise in support of the food bank on Oct. 27.

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