Christmas in June Food Drive takes place today

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 It’s a chance to help needy families in the area when the Food Bank Network’s 21st Annual Christmas in June Food Drive takes place today.

A neon-coloured, self-stick label will be delivered to every home in Corner Brook, Massey Drive, the North and South Shore of the Bay of Islands, Humber Village, Steady Brook and little Rapids prior to the drive.

Residents are asked to stick this label on a plastic/green grocery bag containing non-perishable food donations and place the bag on their front doorstep. Collection will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteer collectors will be wearing white Food Bank Network ID stickers and have green food bank signs in their vehicles.

If you did not receive a label, just mark your bag and put it on your doorstep and volunteers will take your grocery bag without a label.

If your bag did not get picked up, call St. Michael’s Church Hall at 632-5688 or drop it off at St. Michael’s Monday or Tuesday evening.

According to Joy Connors, co-ordinator with the network, items most needed are flour, peanut butter, jam, cereal, can soups and beans, pasta and pasta sauce, sandwich makers such as tuna, chicken and ham.

“This community event will help put food on the tables of hungry families in your neighbourhood,” Connors said in a statement.

In 2013, the Food Bank Network helped 602 families with 1,522 food requests. This was approximately 127 families helped with food assistance each month. From January 1 to April 30 this year, the Salvation Army Food Bank Outlet responded to 526 requests.

Organizations: Food Bank Network ID, Church Hall, Salvation Army Food Bank Outlet

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Bay of Islands, Humber Village Steady Brook

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