Food and Toy Drive will help meet the dramatic increase in usage says Food Bank Director

Every year, Saugeen Shores First Responders’ step up to help the Salvation Army Food Bank by holding their annual Food and Toy Drive to help families, particularly at Holiday time.

            First Responders (Southampton absent due to fire call-out) – for larger view Click on Image

This year, although a final total is not yet in, it appears that the Drive again was a resounding success on Saturday, December 9th, thanks to the generosity of the community and the first responders who volunteered their time.

They were at four locations, Southampton Foodland and in Port Elgin at Vanderwerf’s Independent Grocer, Mowbray’s Canadian Tire and WalMart.

A trailer was filled from top to bottom with food, toys, household items, clothing and more. Everything brought in was then weighed and documented, with cash having to be counted and tap-card donations to be tallied.

Food Bank Director, Nikki Thompson, said that final numbers should be available on Monday or Tuesday.

Food Bank usage is up some 46 per cent according to Thompson. “This food and toy drive will definitely help us meet the challenge.”