Hunger Awareness Week is Sept. 21 to 25. It is an annual awareness campaign that challenges Canadians to learn more about the issue of hunger, the important work of food banks across the country and how to take action. Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across the country. A national campaign led by Food Banks Canada will support local efforts coast-to-coast with social media and other broad awareness components.
Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need. Close to 850,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 4 million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where their next meal may come from. Locally, 3,617 adults and 2,620 children required the assistance of the Amherst food bank in 2014.
A couple of events very important to the Amherst Food Bank will take place during the first weekend of October. The 4th Annual Amherst food bank music fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 at First Baptist Church in Amherst. Performers will include Jim Richards and Rusty Cage, Carol and Bruce Hoeg from Truro, Sackville’s Terrio Fiddlers and L.P. Express from Amherst.
Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased in advance at the church office, CFTA 107.9, Atlantic Kia, the Food Bank, Scotia Bank-Mall branch and by phoning 667-2001 or 694-2891. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7.
Saturday, Oct. 3 is Make a Difference Day in Amherst. The Cumberland Y Service Club and Amherst Y’s Menettes will hold their annual Fall Food Drive for the food bank on that day in conjunction with other community volunteers. Volunteers will be going door to door from 10 a.m. to noon collecting food items which will be dropped off and sorted at the Knights of Columbus Hall and then taken to the food bank. If you’re not going to be home please leave your food bag on the front step.
If you would like to donate to the food bank but are wondering what type of items are needed staples such as peanut butter, canned meats and tuna, canned fruit, cereal, rice, pasta sauce, juice, miracle whip and mayonnaise, chunky soups, sidekicks, children’s lunch snacks and pudding are always in demand.
The fall food drive will be crucial in helping to restock the food bank shelves so please be generous.
– Submitted by Ron Robinson.