Fill-a-Bag Food Drive canned for second year because of pandemic restrictions; student nutrition bags available

Team Williamsburg was one of 30 hard-working teams that participated in Community Food Share's 2nd Annual Fill-a-Bag Food Drive in 2017. Pictured here are Tracy Whitteker, Cidell Whitteker, Sharon Whitteker, Brenda Whitteker, Bailey Whitteker, Kevin Kennedy and Lindsay Waddell. Together they collected two truck-loads of food from generous residents in their community.

DUNDAS & STORMONT — One of the signature events of the year for Community Food Share has become the Fill-a-Bag Food Drive.  That event was cancelled last May and — unfortunately — the pandemic has canned it again for this year, too.

Community Food Share organizers acknowledge “many wonderful memories of the community coming together for our Fill-a-Bag food drive.” They can’t wait to do it again, they say.

The annual effort draws volunteers together to work on two consecutive Saturdays, handling thousands of pounds of food to help feed those members of the community needing help.

In a bit of good news, the organization reports receiving emergency funding to provide food to anyone who needs it. Community Food Share locations in Morrisburg and Winchester are open and ready to help anyone who can’t manage to cover all their expenses and put food on the table.  For locations and hours of operation, check out their website at www.communityfoodshare.ca.

Student Nutrition Bags continuing

Community Food Share last year received funding to provide food for student nutrition bags made available to families whose children were learning at home. That program continues to run through the end of August 2021: It’s offered to families with school aged children from 4 to 17 years of age, whether or not the family is a regular food bank client.  All families of school-age children in Dundas and Stormont counties can access a week’s worth of healthy breakfast and snack foods, including oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, granola bars, as well as a variety of cheese, veggies, hummus and pitas.

To maintain social distancing, an appointment is required to arrange pick up. Please email coordinator@communityfoodshare or call one of the food bank locations (leave a message) for more information. In Morrisburg, the number is 613 543-0065 and in Winchester, 613 774-0188.

The program is supported by Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education & Training (UCLCET), which administers and distributes funding for breakfast and snack programs in over 225 schools.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCLCET is diverting funds to local food banks.

 

 

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