Welland has a long history of rallying to support those most vulnerable in our community. There is no better place to see that in action than at the Welland Food Drive. This year has been a challenging one, to say the least, and it has forced us to rethink the way we do the 28th Annual Welland Food Drive. Out of an abundance of caution for our community, we have decided to have this year’s Welland Food Drive as a virtual financial “food” drive.
Each year for the last few years, the generous people of Welland have donated 100,000lbs of food. This year, we are asking you to help us reach our goal of $100,000. Through the Food Banks buying power and discounts provided to them, $1 donated can mean $3-4 worth of food for people in crisis.
During COVID, the Hope Centre, Salvation Army and Open Arms Mission distributed 193,790 lbs of food. Two of the recipients were Al and Paula who said, “We have worked in the hospitality industry for years but have now been laid off. Things are really tight financially. We’ve never had to come for food before, but we are overwhelmed by your generosity!”
We can’t let people like Al and Paula down. We are counting on your support to make sure that no one goes hungry in Welland. Before COVID thousands of people in Welland already struggled to put food on the table. Now, as people have been greatly affected by the COVID crisis, job losses and business closures, and CERB and other government supports are being rolled back, we expect an increase in need. We have already seen an increase in Food Bank use and expect the numbers to continue to rise.
In these trying times, $100 000 is a hefty goal, but every dollar is urgently needed. $100 000 will help us keep the charities shelves stocked for approximately 3 months.
With your gift, the food banks will be able to buy exactly what is essential, to ensure that everyone in Welland has what they need.
Help us reach our goal by visiting our website at www.wellandfooddrive.com
Thank you for helping us support those in Welland struggling to put food on the table.
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