More than 250 students and 60 parent volunteers, led by the Me to We team at Ursuline College, are getting ready for the annual We Scare Hunger non-perishable food campaign.
"We are excited and ready to go," says Kathy Kearns, staff advisor for the UCC Me to We team. "Along with our Catholic elementary, Chatham public high school and community partners, we are looking forward to another successful campaign to help put food on the shelves at local food banks."
Along with the UCC team leaders, students from St. Joseph and St. Ursula Catholic schools in Chatham; St. Anne in Blenheim; St. Michael in Ridgetown; CKSS and John McGregor Secondary School in Chatham, student volunteers will be knocking on doors in each of those communities, collecting non-perishable food donations. The Chatham volunteers have assigned neighbourhoods and most areas of the city will be covered. Students do not however visit apartment buildings; only residences.
"We will cover most of the city," says Mrs. Kearns. "But if some houses get missed, residents are encouraged to drop off their donations at Chatham Outreach for Hunger on Wellington near Williams Street."
Food items collected in Ridgetown and Blenheim will stay in those communities. The annual event is a huge bonus for area food banks.
"We are always thankful for donations in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas," says Brenda LeClair, Executive Director of Chatham Outreach for Hunger. "The annual We Scare Hunger campaign represents a significant contribution for us. We are thankful to all of the students and parents who participate and help us replenish our shelves."
Chatham Victory Ford is an important community partner and each year provides the trucks to help get the food donations from UCC to Chatham Outreach for Hunger.
"Last year we had more than 20 truck loads," says Mrs. Kearns. "We are so thankful each year for the help and support of our friends at Victory Ford!"
In the photo above, UCC student event organizers pose with Chatham Outreach for Hunger Executive Director Brenda LeClair (left) and staff advisor Kathy Kearns (far right).