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Cadets come through for Amherst food bank

Members of the 258 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amherst, along with Charlotte Ross of the Amherst Food Bank, gather around the more than 100 pounds of food the cadets collected for the Amherst Food Bank. The Cadets made the presentation to Ross on March 5 at the Colonel James Layton Ralston Armoury in Amherst.
Members of the 258 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amherst, along with Charlotte Ross of the Amherst Food Bank, gather around the more than 100 pounds of food the cadets collected for the Amherst Food Bank. The Cadets made the presentation to Ross on March 5 at the Colonel James Layton Ralston Armoury in Amherst. - Dave Mathieson

AMHERST, N.S. – A flood of food hit the Amherst Food Bank at Christmastime, but that flood has dried up.

“Most of the food we received at Christmastime, although very welcome, it is mostly all gone, so this will help us,” said Charlotte Ross, chairperson of the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

The 258 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amherst collected more than 100 pounds of food in recognition of the 100 anniversary of the Canadian Navy.

“The kids definitely took the opportunity to try to give back to the community and do what they can to support the local food bank,” said Lisa Gilbert, a volunteer with the 258 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amherst. “The cadet program is very much about giving back to the community.”

Many items are needed at the food bank.

“Peanut butter is the number one thing we need,” said Ross.

Other items include, potatoes, carrots, apple juice, canned meats, Hamburger Helper, instant rice, instant coffee, coffee whitener, toilet paper, deodorant, laundry soap and dish soap.

“Money donations are always very appreciated for buying the milk and meat and eggs we require,” said Ross. “A tax receipt is given for that.”

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