Welland Meals Drive again in full drive this weekend

Use of Welland’s meals banks has elevated dramatically prior to now two years, says Leslie Bellingham, who appeared earlier than metropolis council Tuesday.

Bellingham was talking on behalf of Welland Meals Drive organizers, making councillors conscious of this Saturday’s citywide drive to gather non-perishable meals gadgets for The Hope Centre, Open Arms Mission and Salvation Military.

It marks the primary time for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic that groups of volunteers will go door to door accumulating gadgets residents pass over, after which collect at Auberge Richelieu on River Highway to drop off and type.

“Even when the giving is as beneficiant because it has been prior to now, it received’t cowl as many months (for the meals banks). The necessity has grown a lot extra within the final couple of years. There are individuals who have by no means it earlier than that want it now,” mentioned Bellingham.

Residents are requested to go away non-perishable meals gadgets in luggage on their entrance stairs or porches by 10 a.m. when volunteers will “scour the town.”

Bellingham mentioned Membership Richelieu has been a tremendous companion of the meals drive over time and that when autos arrive to drop off what they’ve collected, will probably be break up 3 ways between the companies.

She mentioned after the meals is collected, every company will need assistance sorting and checking expiry dates at their respective areas and residents can volunteer to assist.

Contact info on every might be discovered on the Welland Meals Drive web page — trellis.org/the-welland-food-drive.

Bellingham mentioned gadgets for college lunches for youngsters, protein sources, peanut butter and fruit are among the many high gadgets wanted.

Ward 2 Coun. David McLeod requested if there was a choice for non-perishable meals gadgets or monetary donations.

Bellingham mentioned every company might use the cash to purchase gadgets they want and that they’ve preparations with suppliers and grocery shops that enable extra shopping for energy.

“However all three have mentioned they actually need the meals,” she mentioned.

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