Brockville – The annual Brockville Rotary Fall Food Drive in support of the Brockville & Area Food Bank brought in 25,755 lbs of food this year, pretty close to this year’s goal of 26,000 and much better than last years, which brought in 16,625 lbs. of food.
However this year’s cash goal of $35,000 has not been met yet. They have raised only $20,123.
Jo Anne Sytsma, co-chair of the local food bank said, “Many years, the cash comes in afterwards. We’re hoping that people will continue to support us.”
This year’s goal amount represents approximately a 3-month supply of what is distributed to those in need from the Brockville and Area Food Bank.
Everything kicked off on Tuesday October 8th with a donation of $5,000 from RBC Royal Bank Brockville at the Kriska sorting trailer which was located in the parking lot of Brockville Home Hardware & Building Centre.
Once again during this year’s food drive there was a live 12-hour radio remote collection blitz at the Real Canadian Superstore last Thursday and Friday hosted by the city’s two radio stations, Bob-FM and 104.9 JRFM.
The Brockville and Area Food Bank has no paid staff, it is a 100% volunteer run organization. The need in our community continues with the Brockville and Area Food Bank serving an average of 1,275 clients per month.
It spends on average $14,400 a month in addition to donated food that is received by the food bank to meet the needs of our community. The annual budget to purchase food in addition to donated items for the Food Bank is $175,000 annually. Besides donated food items, The Food bank strives to purchase healthier and fresh foods like, milk, meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables
For more information on the food bank please visit: https://operationharvestsharing.wordpress.com/