The Dundas County Food Bank’s Every Plate Full campaign wrapped-up with a final food drive at Riley’s Valu-mart in Morrisburg. Food donations totalled 351 pounds and $493.70 was collected.
Also contributing to the campaign were students at North Dundas District High School who collected 360 pounds of food from a food drive organized by the Futures class.
Empathy was the virtue of the month for students at Winchester Public School. Students collected 628 items totalling 571 pounds to show their empathy with people in need in the community. They easily surpassed their target of 455 items — the number of staff and students at the school.
The final totals for the Every Plate Full campaign was 2,806 pounds of food and $2,131.15 in cash donations.
Using information from Statistics Canada and the national Hunger Count survey, food banks are able to provide three meals to people in need for every dollar donated.
Based on this ‘meals measure’ the equivalent of 6,393 meals were donated during the campaign.
“I am very pleased with the results. This is the first time we have tried a county-wide food drive at various locations’ said Ian McKelve, Dundas County Food Bank Administrator. “Our community was once again very generous with their donations. Of course we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers who generously donated their time to gather and process the food we collected.”
Every Plate Full was a national campaign organized by Food Banks Canada to make sure none of our neighbours went hungry this summer.