HOL, DCFB aim to have #EveryPlateFull
MOUNTAIN – In its second year, the #EveryPlateFull campaign is
once again rallying the community to address more than 26 million
summer meal gaps that are facing Canadians struggling with hunger.
The House of Lazarus (HOL) and the Dundas County Food Bank (DCFB) will
again be participating this year, raising food and funds to ensure
shelves are stocked and full for summer.
Donations are at their lowest from June to August, and food bank
shelves often come close to emptying out at a time when the need is
The #EveryPlateFull campaign aims to raise awareness of the continued
need for support, while asking residents of the community to donate
essential food and funds during the challenging summer months.
“The summer is a particularly difficult time for families living with
food insecurity, as school-based meal programs take a break for the
holidays… Often leaving families with fewer supports,” said HOL food
bank co-ordinator Kim Merkley. “We want to ensure that our food bank
can meet the needs of our community, and being prepared for the summer
will allow us to do that.”
To show support for Canada’s hungry residents, as well as raise
awareness of this campaign, HOL and DCFB members are asking the
community to get together in a number of ways.
Supporters can either spread the word on social media using
#EveryPlateFull; start a campaign page at www.everyplatefull.ca, or
make a monetary donation to the website payable to HOL or DCFB.
There are also several upcoming events and food drives that will contribute to the campaign throughout May.
There will be a Mother’s Day Draw (tickets are $2 or three for $5 from
HOL) that will be run until Sat., May 7, and the winners will be named
at the South Mountain Duck Race at 2 pm.
The DCFB is also organizing a Fill-a-Bag Food Drive, taking place Sat.,
May 7 and Sat., May 14 between 1 and 3 pm, in which teams of at least
three people will be asked to drop off empty grocery bags at homes in
communities throughout Dundas County and Finch, and pick up full bags
the following weekend. The bags will include a letter with details as
to what the food drive is about, as well as what items are most needed.
Each team will require a vehicle, as the average route will hit up to
150 residences. Visit www.dundascountyfoodbank.com for complete details.
There will also be the Keller Williams Food Drive taking place Fri.,
May 13 at Johnson’s Independent Grocer in Kemptville, and a Walkathon
event being held at Mountain Park the next day (Sat., May 14). The goal
is to raise $3,000 and 3,000 kilograms of food during the family
From Sun., May 15 to Mon., May 23 there will be an in-house food drive,
where patrons can bring three items from HOL’s top 30 Food Items Needed
List, and receive a 30 per cent discount to shop in the stores.
From Tues., May 24 to Fri., May 27, Nationview Public School will also be holding a food drive.
Finally, on Mon., May 30, there will be a presentation to cap off the campaign at the Ontario Early Years Centre in Winchester.
“[More than] 500 men, women, and children in our community will have a
really difficult time accessing enough food during the summer months,”
added Merkley. “Our community can ensure no one’s plate has to be
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