Food drive tops last year's donations

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Volunteers collect items for the annual Stratford and area food drive on Sunday. Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

STRATFORD - Citizens outdid their generosity from last year in the annual Stratford and area food drive yesterday.

The drive saw 14 pallets of food donated Sunday afternoon, which will go to the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry soup kitchen and food bank.

That's up from last year's approximate 11 pallets, said co-ordinator Elaine Fraser

"They really did show their generosity...It is great seeing that every year it gets  better," she said. "But, at the same time, every year the need gets bigger too."

Food donated included cereal, canned goods, pasta, soups and peanut butter among other items.

Food bank manager Mike MacDonald added the food will help the organization cope during its busiest time of the year, the lead up to Christmas and following winter months.

"It's even busier than in past years," said MacDonald. "It's a difficult time of the year for us, but fortunately it's also a good time of the year for us with the donations coming in."

MacDonald added that the drive is never possible without the volunteers who do the work of planning the drive, picking up collection boxes and donations.

"We're fortunate people give up a couple hours and help us out," said MacDonald. "They certainly have a huge impact on us."

The drive is organized by Our Lady of Assumption parish in Stratford but is now non-denominational.

Fraser said the drive saw at least 175 volunteeers, which included individuals, groups of families, and Catechism students, collect items from 32 routes and 35 apartment buildings.

"It makes you feel good as a co-ordinator not only to see the results but to see that people had a good time doing it," said Fraser, adding that the drive also received a significant amount of monetary donations.

Fraser added that anyone who planned on donating but missed the drive are welcome to drop off items at the food bank location at 33 Belmont St. in Charlottetown or at the Our Lady of Assumption Parish.

Organizations: Upper Room Hospitality Ministry

Geographic location: STRATFORD, Charlottetown, Assumption Parish

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  • Robot Gizz
    November 19, 2012 - 01:08

    It is great to see folks help folks out. However it is VERY sad that more and more Islanders are needing this type of service to survive.It shows a real divide that is spreading between the working poor and the Upper 1% rich that control the money and how it gets spent.Things like health care,education,and other NEEDED services are being starved out while items like unneeded ADDED highways,Hills where there were none(borden),Hotels that only the rich can use,(Homberg)new docks for rich to land on while visiting the (cruise ships),and loans to big corporate(that don't want to risk their own money are handed out like the Golden Pot is overflowing. Its time we the people take back control and set this provinces prioritys straight again. Before there is no-one left to donate food .(Because we are ALL the needing)

  • intobed
    November 18, 2012 - 20:13

    The need will be far worse next year, once he HST comes in. Unfortunately, the very people who gave this year might not be able to next year. I doubt the few people who will actually benefit from the HST (like the farmers and business people) will bother to contribute next year, since that might hurt their profits.