Food donations down slightly from food drive
The amount of food collected in the 28th Annual Elliot Lake Fire service’s Christmas Food drive on saturday is down by about 17% over last year. However, the applications for Christmas food hampers are down by about 14%.
Grant Wright, treasurer of the Elliot Lake Emergency Food Bank, says this year the volunteers in the Elliot Lake Fire service’s Christmas Food drive collected 11,650 pounds of food, which worth about $32,048.
In 2017, Wright says they collected about 14,000 pounds of food, worth approximately $38,650.
The cash donations were also down by about 17% over last year. In 2017, the food drive collected $3,897.33, compared to $3,232.78 this year.
However, even with the lower numbers, Wright says they are not disappointed. And the quality of the food collected is something they can use.
“We are definitely happy with this,” says Wright.
There are a lot of things such as canned pea, corn, carrots juice and cereal. In addition, they received a lot of salmon, tuna, ham, as well as macaroni dinners, pasta and cake mixes.
But the soups are down a bit, he adds.
The food hampers will be put together first.
In 2017, the food bank had 332 applications for food hampers, which were to feed 729 people.
This year, they received 285 applications for hampers, to feed 645 people.
However, Wright cannot explain why the number of applications for the Christmas hampers is down this year. He says they continue to see increased use of the food bank on a monthly basis.
“We have new registrations every month.”
The hampers will be filled on Dec. 15. The deliveries with be on Dec. 19, and the clients can come and pick up their hampers on Dec. 20 and 21.
The food that is left over, once the hampers are filled, will go on the food bank’s shelves to be distributed to the clients during the next two or three months, Wright explains.
The Elliot Lake Emergency Food Bank is a member of the ontario Association of Food Banks, and does get some food from them.
Firefighter Dan Kluke and Fire Chief John Thomas were two of the many volunteers scouring the city on Saturday morning collecting food in the 28th Annual Elliot Lake Fire Services Christmas Food Drive.