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Helping to feed those in need in Durham this holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, Feed The Need in Durham is appealing to the public to help fill its cupboards during the busiest time of year.

The regional food bank distributor recently launched its annual Holiday Food and Fundraising Campaign, with a goal of collecting $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food by Jan. 31, 2018.

The campaign is the organization’s largest food drive and fundraising efforts of the year.

Over the next two months, Feed The Need in Durham will be supporting and coordinating local fundraising and food drive activities across Durham.

Funds raised will be put towards Feed The Need’s collection and distribution operations and food collected will be allocated to 60 emergency food providers across the region.

“The holiday season is a time when we are celebrating with family and friends, a time for thankfulness and reflection. It is also a time to think about those who have a little less and those who are facing an empty cupboard at home,” says Feed The Need in Durham executive director Ben Earle. “The Holiday Campaign allows us to collect the food and funds that we need to help those who face hunger, just not through the holidays, but throughout the coming year.”

To donate food items, contact info@ftnd.ca or call the office at 905-571-3863. Earle says items such as canned vegetables, peanut butter, and canned tuna are in high demand.

Financial donations can be made at feedtheneedindurham.ca or by calling the office.

This year, members of the community may support the campaign by texting HUNGER to 30333.

Feed The Need in Durham works with 60 emergency food providers and five school nutrition programs to distribute 1.7 million pounds (valued at $4 million) in 2017, serving 6,500 individuals, 40 per cent of whom are children.