More than 1,000 pounds of food will help fill the coffers of the Wiarton and District food bank, after another successful H.O.P.E. Day Food Drive.
Event organizer Dr. Steven J. Silk says the 23rd annual Hope Day Drive -- held from Feb. 12-15 -- generated 1,262 pounds of food.
Silk says H.O.P.E. Day aims to help boost reserves at the food bank during the period following Thanksgiving and Christmas when donations are typically lower, but demand is higher.
"The feedback that we get from the Salvation Army is really incredible. They're so thankful," Silk says. "As are we for the generosity of the people of this region that come to this food drive and support us, support the services we provide."
Silk says H.O.P.E. Day was founded by Dr. Raelynn Cancel in 1996.
Since its inception, the food drive has brought in 38,292 pounds of food -- which Silk says is enough to feed 70 people three meals per day, for one year.