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Compassionate County supporting community in need

Picton United Church County Food Bank volunteer Glenise Holmes and director Pat Romkey flank Prince Edward County employee Brian Curran who helped deliver 1193 pounds of food collected over the past few weeks by seven groups of county employees.

The municipality’s staff in seven locations collected 1193 pounds of food for the Picton United Church County Food Bank in its second annual “Feed The County” food drive.

“In the two years that we have collected for the food drive we have collected a total of  2318 lbs,” says Preston Parkinson, civil technician with Public Works. “The food we collected will go a long way in helping the 110 families that are currently relying on the food bank for assistance.”

The winning team this year was from Shire Hall having collected 514 pounds of food. Competing teams were from the fire hall, McFarland Home, the Roads Department, Recreation Parks and Culture, Water and Wastewater and the Edward Building.

Parkinson thanks Beatty Seeds Ltd. for providing the use of their weigh scales. “They generously provide this service every year at no cost.”

Pat Romkey, Director of the Food Bank, noted sincere thanks appreciation for the large donation.

“These are very challenging times for the food bank,” Romkey said. “During the current economic difficulties it has become ever more difficult to ensure 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. All of us at the food bank remain steadfast in our hope that brighter days lie ahead for all of our clients.”

Donations, she said, speak volumes about the compassionate, generous and family-like community in Prince Edward County. “Both its citizens and businesses are truly caring. Everyone that is involved with the food bank strongly cares about the well being of all the individuals and families that are in need of the services that we provide.”


Food drives are also under way at local public schools.
Queen Elizabeth School’s Christmas Sharing Challenge has gone out to students for Dec. 13th to Dec. 20th is to bring canned goods, or non-perishable food items into the school.  The food items will be made into a food castle, which principal Launderville will work in on Dec. 21st, 2011.  All food bank donations will be picked-up Dec. 22nd.

CML Snider school is welcoming food bank donations on Wed, Dec 21st at its Festive Celebration from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Sophiasburgh Central School community has collected non perishable food and household items to deliver to the Food Bank after school Thursday Dec. 15th.

Canada was also appreciated Wednesday at the food bank as donations gathered at a fundraising dinner organized by David Edward were handed over.

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