Help the hungry, support the 11th annual Fill-A-Bag Campaign

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Help the hungry in our community by filling a bag of groceries. The 11th annual Fill-A-Bag Campaign in support of the Kemptville Salvation Army is now open for registration. Each year our community comes together to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Donations from the Fill-A-Bag Campaign fill 150+ Christmas hampers and serves over 100 clients bi-weekly at the food bank as well as short term needs and emergencies. 

There are two ways that you can support the campaign: first, by filling an empty grocery bag and leaving it on your doorstep. Empty grocery bags will be delivered to residences in North Grenville on Sunday, November 20, and the filled bags will be picked up the following Sunday, November 27 starting at 1 pm. The empty grocery bags will have an instruction flyer attached, with information about the campaign and suggestions for items that would be useful for the Food Bank to receive.

Second, form a team to deliver and pick up the bags on a specific route. Routes are typically made up of 50-150 residences and generally take about 1 ½ – 2 hours to cover. Volunteers are invited to register a team by emailing [email protected] or by calling Pat Dunbar at 613-850-4416. An ideal team consists of 2 or more people and a driver, and each team requires a vehicle for distribution and pickup of the bags. Volunteers can register for a route right up until the bags are delivered. High school students can earn community service hours by participating in the campaign.

The filled donation bags are taken to Christmas Central located at 200 Sanders Street, across the parking lot from B&H Grocers. Teams can pick up the empty bags, donations will be sorted, and Christmas Hampers will be assembled at this location.

This year the Salvation Army is organizing the Fill-A-Bag Campaign as a community outreach program. The campaign is also supported by our generous sponsors who cover the cost of the grocery bags and instruction leaflets and other expenses related to the food drive. The Salvation Army would like to thank our sponsors: B&H, DSI Williams Excavating, Coba Studios & Paint House, Exit Reality by Design, Westerra Homes, Gerry Seguin RE/MAX Samantha Rivet-Stephenson RBC, Array Hair Studio and Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning.

This food drive would not have continued for the past 11 years without the support of the community. From the volunteers who prepare the bags for distribution, the teams who  distribute and pick up the bags, the volunteers who unload vehicles, sort the food, our sponsors and most importantly the residents of North Grenville who fill the bags with groceries, thank you for your continued support of the Fill-A-Bag Campaign. We look forward to filling up the food bank again this year.

 

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