Ancaster Food Drive
This morning my Soroptimist sisters and I volunteered at the Ancaster Community Services Annual Food Drive. Last year they set a record – $5000 in cash and 79,000 pounds of food. I’ll let you know how this year went 🙂
Each aisle was divided into basic categories: vegetables, soup, dry pasta, canned pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese (aka KD), beans in sauce, fruit, juice, milk, toiletries, baby food, cookies & crackers (and desserts), cakes & pudding (and baking supplies), condiments, meats & fish. Never have I seen such a well organized, all-hands event!
I read that over the past five years, the cost of a monthly Nutritious Food Basket for a family of four (based on Canada’s Food Guide) has increased by 14.2%. According to the Hamilton Public Health Services report entitled “The Cost of Basic Nutritious Food”, the average limited-income family has to choose “between eating well and paying the rent to survive.”
Items currently in high demand include:
- canned salmon and tuna
- and canned vegetables
For more information about how you can get involved or make a donation to the Ancaster Community Services, call 905-648- 6675.