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Compassionate community continues support for Food Bank

The Picton United Church County Food Bank is on the minds of Prince Edward County residents looking to help others in need.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Allison, of RR1 Demorestville recently celebrated Arthur’s 90th birthday with family and friends at the Friendship United Church Hall. In lieu of gifts, they collected 16 cases of food and monetary donations for the food bank.
The Regent Theatre is asking patrons to donate a non-perishable food item during the first week’s showing of The Hunger Games (March 23-30). They will be thanked with a free small bag of popcorn.
The Hunger Games is based on a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins.

It is written in first person and introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.
In the meantime, Curves for Women continues its annual food drive this month. Members are donating food throughout the month of March and Curves of Picton is waiving the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food, or donate $30 to the food bank.
Food Bank director Pat Romkey is appreciative of the support as about 4,000 people are served each year.
“These are very challenging times for the food bank,” she said. “During the current economic difficulties, it has become ever more difficult to ensure that there is food for all of those families and individuals that are in need. Our clients are a very diverse group that ranges from seniors existing on a limited income, to working families struggling to make ends meet.”
Donations like these, she said, “speak volumes about the compassionate, generous and family-like community that Prince Edward County is. Both its citizens and businesses are truly caring.”

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