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Bare shelves at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

Spring food drive underway at west Mountain food bank

 By Mark Newman, News Staff

Faced with a growing demand for food bank services, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is asking Mountain businesses to set up food donation boxes on their premises.

“We’re calling organizations right now,” said Sara Collyer, operations manager at the Athens Street food bank.

Collyer said this is the first time they’ve approached businesses about setting up food donation boxes outside of Christmas.

The food bank has run out of a variety of popular items including canned fruit and vegetables, canned beans, canned tuna, chicken and salmon and canned tomatoes.

Collyer said they are also running low on hot and cold cereal.

About 1,250 Mountain and Ancaster families are using the food bank each month, Collyer said.

That’s about 25 percent more than this time last year and the food bank needs about 100,000 pounds of food each month to meet the demand.

The spring food drive runs May 16 to June 20 and Collyer noted Neighbour to Neighbour volunteers will drop off and pick up the food boxes.

Mountain residents can drop off food or monetary donations at the west Mountain food bank or at the Upper Gage Garage, a long-time Neighbour to Neighbour supporter, at 451 Upper Gage at Queensdale.

Call 905-574-1334 or see n2ncentre.com for more information.

Collyer also reminds city residents who are going on holiday shortly to clean out their cupboards and bring a box of food to Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.

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