PARRY SOUND– With area students returning to schools, some children will be heading to class on an empty stomach.
Sobeys and The Salvation Army do not want that to happen. A back-to-school food drive will be held Saturday, September 1 at the Sobeys store in Parry Sound to help restock The Salvation Army’s food bank shelves.
From 1 to 4 p.m., Sobeys staff and volunteers with The Salvation Army will be
collecting canned and non-perishable food donations. Sobeys will have pre-packaged food drive bags available for purchase. Other suggested items include canned meat,
hearty soups and stews, canned vegetables, mac & cheese, peanut butter and jam,
crackers, cereal, juice boxes, puddings and peanut-free school snacks.
The donations will be distributed to families throughout the West Parry Sound area.
According to The Salvation Army, over 650 children in West Parry Sound live at or below the poverty level.
Conversations that The Salvation Army has had with school representatives revealed that children coming to school hungry because they have not had enough to eat at home is a serious problem in area schools.
The Salvation Army Emergency Food Bank accepts donations of non-perishable food items that will help supply food for their community-based social programs, school feeding programs and distribute groceries to individuals.