Great Rice Round-up at N2N centre

Community May 16, 2019 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is collecting rice — and lots of it.

The third annual Great Rice Round-up is well underway with the goal of collecting 4,500 kilograms (10,000 pounds) of rice or double what was raised last year.

“Rice is a staple for many people who utilize our (food bank) here at Neighbour to Neighbour, especially those who are new arrivals to Canada,” said Shane Farraway, communications and events co-ordinator at the Athens Street centre. “The roundup is really to sustain the need for rice during the summertime (when food donations traditionally slow down).”

Farraway said all kinds of rice are being accepted and they are hoping schools, churches and businesses will hold their own rice collections and drop them off at the centre or arrange for a pickup.

He added their collection goal is reachable, given that Mountain residents’ response to last year’s campaign was essentially carried out via social media and word of mouth.

“They exceeded our expectations,” Farraway said.

The busy food bank serves about 1,200 families each month.

Rice is a major staple food for more than half of the world’s population, noted Claire Lechner, program manager, chronic disease prevention and healthy food systems in the City of Hamilton’s healthy and safe communities department.

Neighbour to Neighbour serves a diverse population including newcomers from Middle East and Central and South America where rice is a common culturally acceptable food,” Lechner said. “Rice is composed of carbohydrates, with small amounts of protein and virtually no fat. Carbohydrate is an important source of fuel for the body.”

While white rice is the most commonly used type of rice, Lechner said, brown rice is more nutritious.

Regular consumption of whole grains is recommended by Health Canada as part of healthy eating,” Lechner said. “Brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals and as much as four times the fibre of white rice.”

The Great Rice Round-up runs to June 14.

For more information or to arrange a rice pickup, email warehouse@n2ncentre.com.

Great Rice Round-up at N2N centre

West Mountain food bank looking to collect 4,500 kilograms

Community May 16, 2019 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is collecting rice — and lots of it.

The third annual Great Rice Round-up is well underway with the goal of collecting 4,500 kilograms (10,000 pounds) of rice or double what was raised last year.

“Rice is a staple for many people who utilize our (food bank) here at Neighbour to Neighbour, especially those who are new arrivals to Canada,” said Shane Farraway, communications and events co-ordinator at the Athens Street centre. “The roundup is really to sustain the need for rice during the summertime (when food donations traditionally slow down).”

Farraway said all kinds of rice are being accepted and they are hoping schools, churches and businesses will hold their own rice collections and drop them off at the centre or arrange for a pickup.

“Rice is a staple for many people.” — Shane Farraway

He added their collection goal is reachable, given that Mountain residents’ response to last year’s campaign was essentially carried out via social media and word of mouth.

“They exceeded our expectations,” Farraway said.

The busy food bank serves about 1,200 families each month.

Rice is a major staple food for more than half of the world’s population, noted Claire Lechner, program manager, chronic disease prevention and healthy food systems in the City of Hamilton’s healthy and safe communities department.

Neighbour to Neighbour serves a diverse population including newcomers from Middle East and Central and South America where rice is a common culturally acceptable food,” Lechner said. “Rice is composed of carbohydrates, with small amounts of protein and virtually no fat. Carbohydrate is an important source of fuel for the body.”

While white rice is the most commonly used type of rice, Lechner said, brown rice is more nutritious.

Regular consumption of whole grains is recommended by Health Canada as part of healthy eating,” Lechner said. “Brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals and as much as four times the fibre of white rice.”

The Great Rice Round-up runs to June 14.

For more information or to arrange a rice pickup, email warehouse@n2ncentre.com.

Great Rice Round-up at N2N centre

West Mountain food bank looking to collect 4,500 kilograms

Community May 16, 2019 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is collecting rice — and lots of it.

The third annual Great Rice Round-up is well underway with the goal of collecting 4,500 kilograms (10,000 pounds) of rice or double what was raised last year.

“Rice is a staple for many people who utilize our (food bank) here at Neighbour to Neighbour, especially those who are new arrivals to Canada,” said Shane Farraway, communications and events co-ordinator at the Athens Street centre. “The roundup is really to sustain the need for rice during the summertime (when food donations traditionally slow down).”

Farraway said all kinds of rice are being accepted and they are hoping schools, churches and businesses will hold their own rice collections and drop them off at the centre or arrange for a pickup.

“Rice is a staple for many people.” — Shane Farraway

He added their collection goal is reachable, given that Mountain residents’ response to last year’s campaign was essentially carried out via social media and word of mouth.

“They exceeded our expectations,” Farraway said.

The busy food bank serves about 1,200 families each month.

Rice is a major staple food for more than half of the world’s population, noted Claire Lechner, program manager, chronic disease prevention and healthy food systems in the City of Hamilton’s healthy and safe communities department.

Neighbour to Neighbour serves a diverse population including newcomers from Middle East and Central and South America where rice is a common culturally acceptable food,” Lechner said. “Rice is composed of carbohydrates, with small amounts of protein and virtually no fat. Carbohydrate is an important source of fuel for the body.”

While white rice is the most commonly used type of rice, Lechner said, brown rice is more nutritious.

Regular consumption of whole grains is recommended by Health Canada as part of healthy eating,” Lechner said. “Brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals and as much as four times the fibre of white rice.”

The Great Rice Round-up runs to June 14.

For more information or to arrange a rice pickup, email warehouse@n2ncentre.com.