First Donation of $5,000 from RBC Brockville on Monday!
Brockville – The Rotary Clubs of Brockville are once again organizing a fall food drive in support of The Brockville & Area Food Bank, which begins today (Wednesday) and continues until this Saturday, October 7th.
On Monday members of the Rotary Clubs of Brockville and the local RBC were on hand at the Brockville Canadian Tire parking lot setting things up for the food sorting in the donated Kriska trailer. RBC also presented a $5,000 cheque to the Brockville and Area Food Bank.
Kriska has provided a sorting trailer that will is parked at the South end of the Brockville Canadian Tire Store where Rotarians will be sorting food from Wednesday Oct. 4th to Saturday Oct.7th. Donations can be dropped there as well.
The goal this year is to collect 26,000 lbs. of food donations and $35,000 in cash donations. This amount represents approximately a 3 month supply of what is distributed to those in need from the Food Bank of Brockville.
The Recorder and Times will be distributing 16,500 brown paper food donation collection bags in today’s edition of the newspaper(Wednesday October 4th). As well pre-packaged bags will be available for purchase at many retailers all this week including Superstore, Walmart, Home Hardware, Giant Tiger and Metro.
Donations can be dropped at the following locations; Superstore, RBC Brockville Branches, Walmart, Home Hardware, Giant Tiger, Metro, Canadian Tire, and Thousand Island Mall.
Local radio stations, BOB FM along with JRfm will be hosting live 12 hour radio remote from 6 AM to 6 PM on Thursday October 5 and Friday October 6th at the Superstore with special on-air guests throughout the programs.
The Brockville and Area Food Bank is serving an average of 1,360 clients per month and has no paid staff, it is a 100% volunteer run organization.
They spend on average $14,400 a month in addition to donated food that is received by the food bank to meet the needs of the community. The annual budget to purchase food in addition to donated items for the Food Bank is $173,000 annually. These funds are raised through events like this food drive from the generous community donors.
From January 1 through August 31, 2016, the Brockville Food Bank has served an average of 625 families or 1,360 individuals per month and the food costs to feed those families has risen to almost $15,000 per month.
Last year’s food drive collected over 16,316 lbs of food and $36,400 in cash donations representing approximately a 2-3 month supply of what is distributed by the Brockville and Area Food Bank.
For more information on the Brockville & Area Food Bank please visit: https://operationharvestsharing.wordpress.com/