Orangeville Lions hold food drive at local Metro grocery store | bloginfo(‘name’); ?>
April 7, 2022 0 comments
By Sam Odrowski
The Orangeville Lions are having a food drive at the local Metro grocery store this weekend.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, Lions will be posted at the entrance/exit of the store to collect food and cash donations for the Orangeville Food Bank.
Orangeville Lion member Kris McBride highlighted the importance of supporting the local food bank as Canada faces economic challenges related to food prices.
“We’ve all seen the news about the high level of inflation we’re experiencing and especially the high cost of food,” McBride said. “If you are lucky enough to be able to help your neighbors, please come and visit the Metro grocery store on First Street, Saturday April 9th between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and donate what you can.”
The most needed perishables are fruits (apples, oranges, pears, bananas and any seasonal fruit), vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions and any seasonal vegetable) and dairy products (milk, eggs, butter , margarine, cheese, and yogurt).
The most necessary non-perishable foods are kraft dinner, pasta or rice, baby food in jars or pouches, spaghetti sauce, gluten-free crackers, snack bars, ketchup and sugar.
Other items needed include canned meats, canned salmon, canned pasta, large juice/juice cans, burger aid, cooking oil, spices, baby diapers, sweaters -ups (size four and up) and personal care items.
Metro will prepare brown paper bags with the most needed items at different prices that can be bought and donated.
The Orangeville Lions organize at least two food drives for the local food bank each year, in collaboration with Metro. Last year they raised over 2,200 pounds of food and nearly $3,000 in cash donations.
“The Orangeville Lions Club has many programs and projects that we support; many of them cater to the needs of specific families and individuals. The support of the local food bank allows us to impact the lives of many residents at once by providing resources to the food bank to allow them to continue to do the great work they do,” said McBride.
The Orangeville Lions have held food drives for the Orangeville Food Bank every year for over five years and experienced a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McBride noted the club’s enthusiasm for holding the fundraiser regularly.
“We are thrilled to be back in the community and supporting such a worthy cause,” McBride said. “Please come to the subway on Saturday and help us help others.”