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CHEERS – Curves, Goodfellows & Slow Food support local Food Bank

L-R: TJ Quinn of Goodfellow Meats, Pat Romkey - Director of the Picton United Church County Food Bank and Peter Fleming - Chair of Slow Food the County.

CHEERS to Slow Food & Goodfellow Meats

Slow Food the County was able to raise a significant amount of money through its November fundraiser, and is able to contribute to helping the less fortunate to have a taste of County chicken in their food baskets.

On Easter Monday, Slow Food and Goodfellow Meats delivered 240 pounds of locally sourced chicken to Picton United Church Food Bank. “By working with TJ at Goodfellow’s we were able to stretch our $ 500 to provide a lot of chicken at a very good price and get it from a County producer” said Peter Fleming, Chair of Slow Food the County.  “Good and nutritious food is a basic human right and we salute the Food Bank for its years of service to Picton and area residents.”

“This contribution will enable us to put more protein in the food baskets delivered to our clients” said Patricia Romkey, Executive Director of the Food Bank.  “Unfortunately, the demand for our help continues to grow every year.”

Slow Food the County is part of an international organization that stresses Good, Clean and Fair food for all.  A strong part of their mission is to use locally grown or produced food where possible, to support local farmers and to reduce the use of fossil fuels to transport food.

Goodfellow Meats is a quality butcher shop, providing good meat to Picton since 2007 and has partnered with Slow Food on other initiatives to provide healthy food to County folk.

The Picton Food Bank has been in operation for 27 years, providing food support to County residents on approximately 4,000 occasions each year.

Gayle Okmanas a member of Curves, Pat Romkey - Director to the Picton United Church County Food Bank and Debbie Thompson - Manager of Curves Picton.

CHEERS to Curves Picton

Debbie Thompson, manager of Curves, explained that during Curves 14th Annual International Food Bank Drive, members (existing and new) of Curves Picton helped raise $220 and donated 354lbs. of food for the Picton United Church County Food Bank.

“Curves is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our members, so the food drive is a natural extension of that commitment to the communities where our clubs are located,” said Curves founder Diane Heavin. “Many families are struggling with basic expenses and need some help to make ends meet. Our food drive gives our members a way to reach out and support their neighbours.”

With a theme of “Good for your body and your soul,” this year’s drive encourages Curves members to feel doubly good about themselves as they make time to exercise for good health and take time to help others in the community with a donation of nutritious food.

For more information or to donate please contact Patricia Romkey, Picton United Church County Food Bank 613-476-8516

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