In December, 2019, when Saugeen District Senior School (SDSS) teacher, Dan Weigand saw what other communities were doing to help out their food banks by collecting food door-to-door, he wondered if the same could be done in Saugeen Shores and spearheaded the first Saugeen Shares project with teacher Nancie Darlington Smith and SDSS students.
On December 6th, in the space of two and a half short hours (9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), SDSS students collected items from throughout the community for the Salvation Army Food Bank and with the help of the Chantry Island Cham-bettes, filled hundreds of boxes with needed food and items.
Now, in COVID-19 times, door-to-door collection and sorting is not possible but that hasn’t deterred Weigand and SDSS from organizing a second Saugeen Shares project.
From May 25th to June 6th, there will be a double Saugeen Shares in support of the Food Bank and Saugeen Memorial Hospital. Saugeen Shares 2020, with the support of the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB), will have new partners. Participating stores will be offering grocery purchases and donations can be made by credit card or cheque for the Port Elgin Food Bank and on-line for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital.
Even more exciting this year is that The Power Workers’ Union [Bruce Site] has come on board. The Union will match all dollars raised for the Food Bank up to $5,000 and for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital up to $10,000!
Therefore, between the community and the Union, there is the possibility that Saugeen Shares 2020 will be able to raise $10,000 for the Food Bank and $20,000 for the hospital in addition to filling the shelves of the Food Bank with groceries.