More than a ton of food col­lected through Truro Mall food drive

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­daily.com

For a while, it looked pretty bare in­side the food col­lec­tion wagon at the Truro Mall. en the do­na­tions started pour­ing in.

e mall had a tractor and wagon, pro­vided by Green Di­a­mond Equip­ment, set up near the food court. e cam­paign was called the Big Truro Mall Give, and the goal was to col­lect 1,000 pounds of food to de­liver to the Colch­ester Food Bank be­fore anks­giv­ing.

“Last week we had 25 pounds of food,” said Les­lay Har­ris, se­nior prop­erty ad­min­is­tra­tor with the mall on urs­day. “It looked pretty empty.”

en word spread, and con­trac­tors and busi­nesses be­gan chal­leng­ing each other to give. When it was time head to the food bank, on Oct. 4, a tractor with a bucket in front was also brought in for the task.

Do­na­tions were weighed at the food bank, and the to­tal came to 3,540 pounds.

“We try to in­cor­po­rate some­thing to give back with ev­ery­thing we do, so we’re re­ally happy with this,” said Har­ris. “Peo­ple have been very gen­er­ous.”

e mall had com­mit­ted $1 – to a max­i­mum to­tal of $1,000 – for ev­ery pound of food do­nated, and the $1,000 cheque was also pre­sented.

“ is is just amaz­ing,” said food bank lead co­or­di­na­tor Dar­lene Dead­der. “We were very low on canned goods so this was re­ally needed. It will en­sure a lot of peo­ple en­joy a anks­giv­ing din­ner. e mone­tary do­na­tion will al­low us to buy any of the things that are still needed.”

Be­cause the food bank only has a small scale, it took about an hour to do the weigh­ing. An in- oor scale would al­low them to do the job much faster, and they’re hop­ing there is an un­needed one that some­one is will­ing to do­nate.

e food bank’s new build­ing, at 580 Prince St., is tak­ing shape and a move is ex­pected this fall.

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

A bucket and tractor-hauled wagon car­ried food do­na­tions from the Truro Mall to the Colch­ester Food Bank. A to­tal of 3,540 pounds was col­lected through a huge drive.

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