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Essex Area Food Bank receives large donation before Christmas

- Global Medic Food Distribution and the Essex County

Goodfellows arranged the donation -


by Sylene Argent

A generous load of non-perishable food was recently donated to help support the Essex Area Food Bank in putting food on the tables of its clients in need.

  On the evening of Thursday, December 17, an ambulance – stuffed with boxes containing essential food items – pulled up to the Essex Area Food Bank, where a host of volunteers unloaded the goods. The donated items will be forwarded to support local individuals and families in their time of need.  

Essex Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche noted the donation was made possible through Global Medic Food Distribution out of Toronto. He explained Rahul Singh of the organization reached out to Essex-Windsor EMS Chief, Bruce Krauter, who then contacted him about arranging such a donation as Meloche is a member of the Essex County Region Goodfellows.

  Members of the Essex County Region Goodfellows typically host an annual newspaper campaign (which was replaced with a 50/50 draw in 2020, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic) to raise funds to help support the Essex Area Food Bank, the Essex Salvation Army, and the Harrow and McGregor Chapters of the St. Vincent de Paul in putting together Christmas meals for clients.

  Krauter asked Meloche if the Essex County Region Goodfellows would be interested in receiving a donation of food items, “And, my answer was, ‘yes,’” Meloche explained excitedly.

  Meloche noted the Essex Area Food Bank was not the only organization to benefit from the donation, so were the other three local food banks the Essex County Goodfellows supports.  

  Gerry Belanger, Coordinator of the Essex Area Food Bank, was pleased to receive the generous and unexpected donation, and noted the items will go towards supporting those in need. 

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