41 – Guelph Community Food Drive

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Original recording date: June 2nd 2016
Guest: Brendan Johnson, Executive Director of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition
Brendan Johnson of the Neighbourhood Support Coalition came by Parkwood and we had a powerful discussion around food security, poverty, and the complexity involved in assisting people while recognizing no two struggles are the same.  Here is the pitch:
“What if we ran a Food Drive & didn’t ask for food?
May 28th – June 12th, 2016 (and ongoing 🙂
This year we are collecting grocery gift cards and money. Why? Because we believe people have the right to choose their own food and what they want to eat. We also want people to be able to increase their access to fresh and perishable foods and not just can goods. The Guelph Community Food Drive supports smaller charitable food-providers in our community, such as neighbourhood pantries and food shelves in faith-based organizations.  Your support goes directly to the community. Every dollar.
Here’s how you can donate to our Emergency Food Pantry:
Money / grocery gift cards can be dropped off at:
  1. New Life Church (400 Victoria Rd. N) Mon, Wed or Fri 9am-3pm
  2. St. Patrick Catholic School (391 Victoria Rd. N) Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
  3. Any Neighbourhood Group Location
Donate online to the Community Food Drive:
The Guelph Community Food Drive is a collaborative effort of:
Neighbourhood Groups of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition
Lakeside HOPE house
Chalmers Community Services Centre
Salvation Army Community & Family Services
Trinity United Church The Guelph-Wellington Poverty Task Force
The SEED Community Food Hub
North End Harvest Market
UofG CSA Foodbank
Holy Rosary Parish
A big THANK-YOU to all our partners collecting donations, acting as
drop-off locations and running workplace drives!”

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