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 still there.

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 friendly activity.

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 empty.” 

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