Third annual Fill-The-Bus comes to Kemptville Aug. 25

Seen in above photo: HOL Food Bank assistant Marianne Villemaire and HOL manager of client services Kim Merkley. Courtesy photo

KEMPTVILLE — Every can counts! The third annual Fill-The-Bus event, in support of the House of Lazarus (HOL), is coming to Kemptville Friday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., two buses will be stationed outside Jonsson’s Independent Grocer and the Kemptville Walmart collecting food for HOL.

Usage of the buses was donated by Lannin Bus Line and Wubs Transit. “We’re hoping to fill every seat of both buses,” said Kim Merkley, manager of client services at HOL. Each month, the HOL Food Bank supports between 100 and 110 local families. The HOL also supports nearly 1,200 families and individuals each year through outreach programs, such as Food with Friends (gift cards to purchase food for the Kemptville Youth Centre and Dundas Youth Centre) and starting over kits for fire victims. Over 40 per cent of the clients served at the HOL Food Bank are children.

The summer months are typically difficult for food banks, explained Merkley. “During the summer, we run low on a lot of items.” Items currently in low supply include canned vegetables and fruit, canned meat, pasta sauce, pork and beans, crackers and fruit cups. Each month, between 1,800 and 2,000 kilograms of food are given out by the HOL Food Bank. “We’d like to bring in about 1,000 kilograms of food this year through Fill-The-Bus,” noted Merkley. “That would be amazing.” Last year, the event brought in nearly 800 kilograms of food and approximately $1,000 in monetary donations. “We couldn’t do the work we do without the community supporting us,” said Merkley. “Thanks go out to Jonsson’s Independent, Walmart and both the bus lines for supporting this event year-over- year. We’d also like to thank the youth from the Dundas Youth Centre for helping out with Fill-The-Bus again this year.”

The House of Lazarus is located at 2245 Simms Street, Mountain (613-989-3830).


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