Can you DIG it?

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Our friends at the Food Bank of Waterloo Region have set themselves an ambitious goal this May.  They want to move a mountain of food in one day and they need your help!

Last year they thought they would try something new.  Instead of running a spring food drive over a few weeks, they thought that it would be more exciting and engaging to focus all that effort into a single day.   They set themselves a big goal: collect 150,000 pounds of food in one day.  They rolled up their sleeves, gathered a team of volunteers and got to work.

And what a lot of work it was!   Literally, a mountain of food was collected during one day and then shared with the many community agencies in Kitchener and Waterloo in the months that followed.

This year, they are hoping to collect enough food to last the summer months so that programs like ours can meet the demand for assistance.  They estimate that they will need 25, 000 pounds of non perishable food for each week.

The summer is a busy time for us, last year our program alone served 7,258 hampers between June and the end of August.  We are just one of over 100 programs in the region that help with food.

How can you help? There are many opportunities! A complete list and additional information is on the Food Bank of Waterloo Region’s website here.

Ruth Friendship-Keller, of the Food Bank, says:

“We’re asking people to help in whatever way they can. That can mean donating a jar of peanut butter at their grocery store, or organizing a neighbourhood block party. They can be as creative as they want.” (via the record)

The easiest way is to donate something at one of the many drop off sites in the Region on Saturday May 14.  There is a map online that you can see here.  Look for a local drop off site near you and make a donation while you’re out enjoying the fine spring weather!

The official launch of the campaign was this week.  The Food Bank gathered some local media and community leaders and gave them a challenge: sort a bin of food the fastest!  Our own John Neufeld was on hand, but sadly, he was unable bring home the glory for the House of Friendship.  Instead our friends at 91.5 The Beat proved to have the winning strategy.  Good job guys!

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