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Region-wide food drive returns

In partnership with Feed the Need in Durham, the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints is hosting its second annual region wide food drive on Sept. 22.

“We are very grateful to live in Canada and appreciate the plentiful opportunities here. However, we realize that some struggle with meeting their daily needs. Hence, we have organized a food drive to assist with those who face hunger in our own communities,” says Lisa Whitsitt, regional food drive co-ordinator and a member of the Oshawa congregation.

Residents and businesses are invited to join in the food drive by bringing their food donations to the local church collection centre at 632 Thornton Road North in Oshawa.

Donations can also be dropped off at 7 Pethick Street (corner of Hwy. 2 and 57) in Bowmanville, and 119 Church Street South in Ajax.

In some neighbourhoods, grocery bags will be left on resident’s doorsteps during this week through to Friday, Sept. 21.

Residents who would like to fill their bags are asked to drop them off on Sept. 22.

The most needed items include tuna, canned meats, pasta, vegetables and fruits, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, dry pastas, pasta sauce, rice, baby food and formula, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant.

Feed The Need in Durham executive director Ben Earle says they are extremely grateful for the support from the church.

“We supported 265,000 visits to our member agencies emergency food programs in 2017, with nearly 40 per cent of recipients being children,” says Ben Earle, executive director of Feed The Need in Durham. “We anticipate that this will be another hugely successful food drive as once again our community comes together to alleviate hunger.”