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Canada Post Heritage Club donates to the Essex Area Food Bank

Mike Belchuk of the Canada Post Heritage Club – Blue Water Chapter (right) presented a large non-perishable food donation, in addition to a $200 cheque, to Gerry Belanger of the Essex Area Food Bank. The donation was raised for the local food bank during a recent golf tournament.

by Sylene Argent

On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 20, the Essex Area Food Bank gratefully received a much-appreciated non-perishable food donation, in addition to a financial contribution, from the Canada Post Heritage Club – Blue Water Chapter.

  On behalf of the Club, member Mike Belchuk noted the large non-perishable donation – which nearly filled four grocery carts – and the $200 financial donation were collected at the Club’s recent golf tournament.

  On Thursday, August 15, Canada Post Heritage Club’s members invited friends and family to play 18-holes of golf at Orchard View Golf Club. In order to play, the Club collected items or funds from the 128 participants for the local food bank.

  Belchuk explained this annual tournament was hosted in Chatham previously, so he was pleased, since it was held in Essex County this year, to support a local charity.

  The Essex Area Food Bank, Belchuk added, was selected as this year’s golf tournament proceed beneficiary because he has known individuals who have needed to utilize the service in the past. With that, he understands just how important the service is to those who need it.

  During the summer months, donations to the Food Bank tend to dwindle. Gerry Belanger, a volunteer with the Essex Area Food Bank, said he was pleased to receive the donation, which came at a particularity important time of the year.

  Though the Food Bank has assisted around the same number of individuals for the past few years, volunteers have noticed many new registrants have signed up for the service recently, he said.

  The Essex Area Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Thursday, from around 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are always happy to accept donations to help put food on the tables of area individuals and families in need.

  The local food bank currently has a particular need to stock its shelves with canned vegetables, packaged noodled and potato-based side-dishes, and macaroni and cheese.  

  Currently, the Essex Area Food Bank is located inside the former Sun Parlour Junior Public School on Maidstone Avenue. In the near future, the operation will shift to 68 Talbot Street North, which is the former Schinkels’ Meat Market facility.  

  Since 2014, the Essex Area Food Bank has operated out of the former Sun Parlour Junior Public School facility, and has spent the past 25-years operating out of Essex District High School in some capacity.

  The latest lease contract, however, is set to expire in December.

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