Shut Out Hunger supports Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
By Mark Newman, News Staff
It’s a chance to help fill the shelves at the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank and enjoy some house league or professional hockey at the same time.
For the second year in a row the Athens Street centre’s Shut Out Hunger campaign has teamed up with the Hamilton Minor Hockey Council for a major food and fundraising drive this Saturday at Chedoke, Mountain-Dave Andreychuk, Lawfield, Inch Park, Rosedale, Parkdale-Pat Quinn, Scott Park and Coronation arenas along with the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre, Dofasco Recreation Centre and the First Ontario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum).
This is also what is known as Super Saturday at most city rinks where the various house leagues hold their championship games and parents, players and coaches attending those rinks are being asked to bring food or monetary donations to support the west Mountain food bank which serves about 1,300 families per month.
“We’re encouraging people this year to bring us a toonie if they can’t bring food,” said Doug Farraway, director of development at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.
Last year the Shut Out Hunger campaign raised $1,554 and about 1,500 pounds of food at nine arenas.
“I’d like to do $2,000 and 3,000 pounds (on Saturday),” said Farraway, who noted there will be centre volunteers and collection boxes at each of the rinks.
He said the Hamilton Bulldogs have joined the campaign this year and they will be holding a food drive on Friday and Saturday night as well as offering discounted tickets and group incentives for those two games.