Neighbour to Neighbour Centre holds Super Saturday food raiser
Food bank officials at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are hoping the public will be thinking about the less fortunate as well as hockey at Super Saturday games this weekend.
Super Saturday is traditionally championship day for house league action at most city rinks and Neighbour to Neighbour Centre officials and volunteers will be at nine arenas this Saturday to collect donations of non-perishable food items and money.
“The idea came from the Chedoke Minor Hockey Association,” said Doug Farraway, director of development at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.
He noted the Chedoke group collected 930 pounds of food at their annual Christmas tournament and this Saturday’s Shut Out Hunger food raiser is an extension of that.
Farraway said the Hamilton Minor Hockey Council has agreed to partner with Neighbour to Neighbour on the campaign that began on March 16 will wrap up this Saturday with food collections at Mountain, Lawfield, Rosedale, Coronation, Chedoke twin pad, Scott Park and Pat Quinn-Parkdale arenas as well as the Dofasco recreation centre and Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.
The food bank is in particular need of canned meat, fruit and vegetables, stews, cereal, crackers and peanut butter.
Farraway said the campaign has the potential to raise thousands of pounds of food for the Athens Street food bank and he’s hoping to hold similar food raisers with other sports groups in the city.
“I think if hockey works then soccer and baseball can work as well,” Farraway said.