On October 6, 2014, the 20th Annual Food Drive will take place in the City of Leduc, one of the most significant ‘Food-raising’ campaigns for the Leduc & District Food Bank. (LDFB)
Within the City and County of Leduc, residents will be asked to donate non-perishable items to alleviate the burden on families going through a hard time. Whether it is illness, old age, an unexpected passing, a tragic consequence due to an accident, a crippling mental illness, a sudden change in family income, there are many reasons why a family or individual would suddenly find it hard to make ends meet and put enough food on the table. There is some required information needed to access the Food Bank’s services and clients do not need a referral from an agency or government counsellor.
Residents are asked to earmark non-perishable items (being careful with due dates) and get them ready for the evening of Monday, October 6, where community groups, church and youth groups, families and businesses will gather at the Leduc Fellowship Church on Rolleyview Road, dividing up to tackle their assigned routes, where they will knock on the door of every home and dwelling throughout the City of Leduc.
Last year, 19,000 lbs. were collected on that night, and collections continued throughout the school system, as well as County residents dropping off their donations. In the fall of 2013, a total of 27,609 lbs. were gratefully collected, and this year, the LDFB Fall Food Drive is hoping to exceed 30,000 lbs.
Dennis Gulley is the Chair of the LDFB Fall Food Drive. As the minister of Leduc Fellowship Church (.ca), he is quite aware of the needs of families and individuals in our community. This summer, his church held a very successful Summer Series titled, “The Art of Neighbouring.” In this spirit, his congregation is dynamically involved in the food drive.
A community champion with a big heart, Nadine Leming is now the Chair of the Leduc & District Food Bank. She shares, “The Annual Fall Food Drive kicks off the busiest time of the year for the Food Bank. The generous support of our community is greatly appreciated, as we expect Leduc to once again step up to the plate with donations of non-perishable food These donations help us help those in need. Thank you Leduc for your continued support over the last 30 years of standing together.”
To prepare for the Food Drive, October 2nd will see all volunteers gather from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Leduc & District Food Bank to get their route maps (4810-49 Avenue). Individuals signing up on their own (like this reporter) can join in other groups. If unable to attend the October 2nd planning evening, volunteers eager to sign up can contact Dennis Gulley directly at 780-951-4098.
LDFB is a District Food Bank, it cannot go collecting all over the County, although it serves the needs of its residents as well as urban recipients. So, Leduc County residents are asked to remember these two dates, so that if they want to help on Monday, October 6 (Collection Day), they can show up at 5:30 at the Leduc Fellowship Church (4401 Rollyview Rd) or simply drop off their non-perishable items at the Food Bank at 4810-49 Avenue. Together, we can make a difference.