A food drive organized by the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke June 22 helped to restock the shelves at Pembroke’s St. Joseph’s Food Bank during a time when donations are generally lower that other times of the year.
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On Saturday, June 22, the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke had a very successful food drive to support the St. Joseph’s Food Bank. With the closing of the Salvation Army Food Bank, the St. Joseph’s Food Bank has tried to provide additional service to the less fortunate of our community. Kiwanians and their spouses, food bank volunteers and many friends of Kiwanis accepted food donations at Giant Tiger, Moncion Metro and Food Basics. No Frills also held a food drive at the same time to benefit the food bank. All of the food donated went to the St. Joseph’s Food Bank. A highlight of the food drive this year was the Kiwanis Aktion Club participation in collecting food. These special Kiwanians gained the wonderful experience of doing service for others in our community. The Kiwanis Club also had the support of Alterna Savings, with manager Dennis Ryan, his family and several of the staff providing assistance. It is so rewarding to have the support of such a community-minded business. Shoppers at the grocery stores were handed brown paper bags at the doors. They purchased more than $5,000 worth of food and donated nearly $1,700 in cash. Members of the Kiwanis Club picked up the food during the day and delivered it to the food bank. The food bank receives excellent support from individuals and organizations at other times of the year, but summer donations may not be as frequent, so this effort by the Kiwanis Club helped to restock the shelves with groceries.The citizens of the area always respond with amazing generosity when there is a need. The Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone who helped make this food drive such a wonderful success. The organizers would like to offer special thanks to the Pembroke Observer and News for the excellent news coverage of this event in advance of the day. Many folks already knew about the food drive when they arrived at the grocery stores to shop.