Saturday is Make a Difference Day in Amherst
Saturday, Sept. 23 is Make a Difference Day in Amherst.
The Cumberland Y Service Club and Amherst Y’s Menettes will hold their annual fall food drive for the Amherst Food Bank on that day in conjunction with other community volunteers. Volunteers will be going door to door from 10 a.m. to noon collecting food items which will be dropped off and sorted at the Knights of Columbus Hall and then taken to the food bank.
Helping out will be members of the Amherst Ramblers, army and sea cadets, girl guides, cubs and scouts along with others from the community. If you’re not going to be home please leave your food bag on the front step.
If you would like to donate to the food bank but are wondering what type of items are neededstaples such as peanut butter, canned meats and tuna, canned fruit, cereal, rice, pasta and pasta sauce, juice, miracle whip and mayonnaise, chunky soups, sidekicks, children’s lunch snacks and pudding are always in demand. There is also an ongoing need for toiletries and cleaning supplies. The fall and spring food drives are crucial in helping to restock the food bank shelves.
Monetary donations are always welcomed and very much appreciated. Cheques can be mailed to the Amherst Food Assistance Network at P.O. Box 45, Amherst, NS B4H 3Y6.
Hunger Awareness Week is a growing movement to raise awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in Canada. Each September food banks across the country host events during Hunger Awareness Week to tell the story of the work they do and the stories of the hungry Canadians who use food banks.
Hunger is a persistent issue that exists in Canada. There is hunger in Canada because too many Canadians do not have enough income to pay for rent, bills, clothing for growing children, transportation, medication – and food. Food is unfortunately one of the most flexible household expenses, and it is often nutrition that suffers when money is tight. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians use food banks because they do not have enough money to feed themselves or their families.
Hunger in Canada exists because deep and persistent poverty continues in the country. For more than a decade, diverse and inter-related factors have sustained this situation: a labour market that fails to provide enough jobs with stable, livable wages; a rise in precarious and non-standard employment; a fraying income security system that does not provide sufficient financial support for those in need; a lack of affordable, social housing; and accessible and affordable child care. People living in poverty cannot afford sufficient, nutritious food. Many turn to food banks to help them meet this most basic need.
Hunger in Canada can be alleviated. Everyone can play a part in reducing hunger. You can volunteer at the local food bank, donate food and funds, approach local representatives, join local Hunger Awareness activities and events, spread the word at various milieus (work place, faith groups, schools, etc).