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Three local Kiwanis Clubs are asking community members to share their wealth. On Saturday, April 16, the 13th Annual Kiwanis Food Drive will start collecting and they’re hoping you’ll leave something out to help.

On Saturday April 9, Kiwanis members from Westmount, Durham A.M. and Sydenham along with student volunteers distributed over 21,000 flyers inviting people to leave a donation of non-perishable food items on their front porch or doorstep on the following Saturday. The proceeds of this collection will go toward Simcoe Hall Settlement House Food Bank.

“It is very easy to get involved and help others in your community,” said Sandra Sweet, from the Settlement House. “Simply go to your kitchen cupboard, put a few tins of food into a bag, attach the bright yellow flyer and leave your donation on your doorstep. Our student volunteers will pick up your donation, leave a thank you and return to Simcoe Hall.”

Sweet said that between 12,000 to 13,000 less advantaged children and adults rely on the Simcoe Hall Food Bank each year. This, the largest, single day food drive event of the year, goes a long way to help those in need.

“We are hoping to collect between 45,000 and 50,000 pounds of food at this drive,” said Sweet. “If we achieve this goal, it will take the amount collected over the 13 annual food drives to a total of 500,000 pounds.”

That’s not a bad haul for under six hours worth of collection.

Whether you wish to register as one of the nearly 200 community volunteers throughout the City of Oshawa to join in this single day effort to alleviate growing hunger or simply want more information about Simcoe Settlement House, visit their website, email info@simcoehall.com or call 905-728-7525.

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