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“Cram-A-Cruiser” challenge returns

Feed the Need in Durham invites Durham Region schools to step up to the challenge of filling the warehouse shelves before the inevitable summer drought hits the food banking world.

“Cram A Cruiser” is a school-focused food drive challenge designed to inspire students, teachers and parents to give back to their community by helping to fill the food banks and emergency food programs for the summer; a time when supplies dwindle but the need remains.

Members of Durham Regional Police Service will visit participating schools across Durham Region to engage with students regarding the food drive.

DRPS will then deliver all the food to Feed the Need in Durham’s warehouse between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the 28th of May where it will be weighed, sorted, organized and distributed to emergency food providers across the region.

“We have had an amazing response once again from our school supporters and are excited to see the increase in participation this year. With one week left to go before registration closes, this will prove to be another huge donation intake day for the organization and our member agencies” said Ben Earle, executive director of Feed the Need in Durham. “We are anticipating over 15,000 pounds of food to come in to the warehouse during this initiative. Schools and students are amazing ambassadors of our work in the region and make a huge impact in their community, typically bringing in anywhere from 500 to 1,500 pounds when hosting a food drive.”

Feed the Need in Durham is the regional food distribution hub for 62 emergency food providers. The organization distributed the equivalent of 980,000 meals in 2017-18 and supported 456,000 visits through its membership, of which 37 per cent were children living in poverty.