Bring out the food cans

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

Christ­mas is com­ing but the team at the Strat­ford Com­mu­nity Food­bank isn’t deck­ing the halls with holly, but rather hop­ing to stock the shelves with cans.

“Cans of beans and spaghetti are al­ways good, and pasta sauces, bags of pasta, any canned or dried food with a long shelf life is re­ally great.”

Dianne Roberts, chair­per­son of the Strat­ford Com­mu­nity Food­bank, says she and the rest of the team of vol­un­teers at the food­bank are hop­ing Strat­ford res­i­dents will be as gen­er­ous as usual when it comes to the an­nual food­bank let­ter­box ap­peal this year.

“The let­ter­box col­lec­tion is an es­sen­tial part of our prepa­ra­tion in the lead-up to Christ­mas. We ask for any­one who is able to please re­mem­ber to put out some cans of food in their let­ter­boxes that day so when our team come through the town that night, they will be able to fill our shelves with the do­nated food.”

Dianne says on the night three fire en­gines along with po­lice cars drive through the town, with sirens and lights go­ing, to re­mind ev­ery­one about the ap­peal as they ap­proach each street. Nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers walk along the streets col­lect­ing the do­nated items and bring­ing it back to the food­bank on Juliet Street.

“We help hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies each year, pro­vid­ing ba­sic food items as well as meat, fruit and veg­eta­bles when pos­si­ble to help peo­ple get through times when they are strug­gling to feed their fam­i­lies.”

Dianne says the team at the food­bank ap­pre­ci­ates all the dona­tions re­ceived.

“Strat­ford New World is very sup­port­ive, as are some of the lo­cal schools who or­gan­ise col­lec­tions or fundrais­ing at times.”

Christ­mas can be a time when house­holds strug­gle fi­nan­cially, says Dianne, so it is im­por­tant the pantry shelves at the food­bank are well stocked over the fes­tive sea­son.

“Please, if you can put a can or two in your mail­box for the ap­peal, it will make a real dif­fer­ence to fam­i­lies in need this year.”

■ Strat­ford Com­mu­nity Food­bank let­ter­box ap­peal: Mon­day, De­cem­ber

3. 6pm.

Please keep an eye on the Strat­ford Press Face­book page for times and de­tails of the other food­bank col­lec­tions in Eltham, In­gle­wood and New Ply­mouth.

Dianne Roberts is hop­ing the food­bank pantry shelves will fill up be­fore Christ­mas puts pres­sure on fam­i­lies and peo­ple in need.

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