TRURO, N.S. – Pantry shelves at the Colchester Food Bank may have been restocked during the recent annual food drive but that doesn’t mean they will stay that way, an official says.
“They’re not empty but they’re not full, said board secretary Vera Smith of the current state of the shelves.
“Hunger doesn’t go away just because Christmas is over.”
Canned soups and vegetables are always welcomed at the food bank but cash donations are also very important.
“Monetary donations help us purchase the bulk items,” Smith said. These include flour, sugar, peanut butter, margarine and so on. The bulk items are then portioned into individual family sizes for distribution.
The food bank generated more than 35,000 lbs. – factoring in monetary donations – during its annual drive before the holidays.
In November, the pantry distributed more than 700 food boxes to local families. That number rose to 1,000 boxes in December, including 731 Christmas baskets.
And while that distribution did not leave shelves bare, Smith said, they do have to be replenished.
A number of pizza restaurants in Truro and Bible Hill are participating in a Pizza Week from Jan. 22-28, during which $3 from each signature pizza that is sold will be donated to the food bank.
Smith said that news was welcomed by the pantry’s board members.
“Pretty excited,” she said. “So we’re really looking forward to next week.”
The restaurants participating in Pizza Week include: Sauced Wood-Fired Pizza; Sam’s Pizza House; Acropole Pizza and Donairs; Pizza Market; Revana Pizza and Ali Naser’s Pizza.