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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Fire Department Helping Feed Residents of Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by Travis Jackson  

The annual food drive will take place on Saturday, November 17th from 10am-2pm

Our local food banks struggle to keep food on the shelves this time of year, so the Saugeen Shores Fire Department is lending a helping hand by once again hosting a holiday food drive.

The food drive takes place on Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Firefighters will be set up in Port Elgin at Walmart, and Rowland's Your Independent Grocer, and at the Foodland in Southampton.

Saugeen Shores Fire Prevention Officer Rob Atkinson says that non-perishable food items are always in high demand, but reminds you that toiletries, diapers, and monetary donations are also essential.

Officials with Food Banks Canada say that many food banks have better buying power than the average person wandering around the grocery store because of discounts they receive on bulk purchases from their food distributors.

According to Food Banks Canada, around 800,000 Canadians -- a third of them children -- use food banks every month.
Donations received will stay in the community to help out local families, so all of your money and food will be going to help your neighbours here in Saugeen Shores.

Over the past 5 years, Atkinson estimates that the fire department has collected around 10,000 lbs of food.


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