Halloween for Hunger returns

Make a donation, receive a pumpkin

 

Oct 15, 2014
GrimsbyLincoln News
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During the season of the harvest it may be hard to believe there are those going hungry, but it’s the sad reality.

But once again Ridgeview Garden Centre and the Lynn Fee Re/Max Garden City Realty team are joining forces to do their part. The sixth annual Halloween for Hunger drive is set to begin Oct. 24 and will continue through Oct. 31.

The fundraiser encourages residents to come into Ridgeview with a monetary donation or a donation of nonperishable food items. Donors will receive a pumpkin in exchange. Money and food raised will be split evenly between the Grimsby Benevolent Fund and Community Care of West Niagara.

Last year Halloween for Hunger raised $2,000 and 1,700 pounds of food.

“We’d love to exceed that this year,” said Lynn Fee Team member Dina Francis.

In addition to the public fundraiser, the Lynn Fee Team is also getting its clients involved. Post cards were sent out to all clients, who can then bring them in to Ridgeview for a free pumpkin. Fee will then donate the cost of the pumpkin to the fundraiser.

Local food banks throughout Niagara are struggling to keep shelves stocked. GBF, for instance, is feeding more than 225 families, many more than the usual once a month, and is spending $10,000 a month to keep staple foods on hand.

And even though CCWN enjoys strong community support and is coming right off the heels of the successful Lions Food Drive, executive director Carole Fuhrer said they’re still low when it comes to important staples like canned meats and tuna.

“For us it’s an ongoing struggle,” she said.

But fundraisers like Halloween for Hunger help keep the momentum going, she said. Not only does the money and food help, but Fuhrer said having someone like Fee support CCWN raises the profile of her organization.

– with files from Amanda Moore