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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Saugeen 'Shares' Campaign For Foodbanks

Saugeen Shores | by Claire McCormack  

The effort aims to fill food bank shelves and help hospital workers during COVID-19.

The Saugeen Shares Campaign is back for a second year to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We didn't intend to do it this time of year," says Dan Weigand, but he notes "We're a relatively large group in Saugeen Shores and if we got together and pooled our resources, we could really make a difference for the two great organizations."

Weigand, who teaches at Saugeen District Senior School says all the Bluewater Board schools in Saugeen Shores and the Chantry Island Chambettes are working together on the campaign.  

Normally the campaign takes place in December, but this year, it will run from May 25th to June 6th and aims to bring in donations for local food bank and hospital.

Weigand says they hope to fill a gap in Salvation Army Food Bank supplies, "Because of the timing of when everyone had to go into isolation, a lot of food drives were put on hold or were cancelled."

Money from the campaign will also go to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, "We want to support the hospital with the purchase of PPE for sure, so that they're ready for anything, any downturns related to the virus."

Rowland's Independent Grocer will have $25 food bank donation bags available, Giant Tiger Port Elgin will have $5 bags, Walmart Port Elgin has a food bank donation box and Foodland Southampton will be encouraging Food Bank gift card donations.  

The Power Workers Union is matching donations to the Food Bank, up to $5,000, and the Southampton Hospital, up to $10,000, for a possible total of $15,000 from that group.

You can donate money to the Food Bank by calling 519-376-5699 or by mail to The Salvation Army
PO Box 1780
Port Elgin, ON
N0H 2C0
*Specify PORT ELGIN FOOD BANK on memo line

To donate money to the hospital online, go to smhfoundation.ca/saugeensharesagain

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