Food do­na­tions down slightly from food drive

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY/THE STAN­DARD

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.

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