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Treat 'n' Eat Food Drive this Halloween in support of Petawawa Pantry

By Celina Ip

The Petawawa Pantry will be kicking off their second annual Treat 'n' Eat Halloween Food Drive on Oct. 31 Pictured here are treasurer Yvon Serre, board member Sheena Strachan and vice-president Eric Strachan.

The Petawawa Pantry will be kicking off their second annual Treat 'n' Eat Halloween Food Drive on Oct. 31 Pictured here are treasurer Yvon Serre, board member Sheena Strachan and vice-president Eric Strachan.

 

PETAWAWA - The Petawawa Pantry is launching its second annual Treat ‘n’ Eat Food Drive this Halloween.

Heading into the fall and winter months, food supplies swiftly diminish as the need begins to increase.

Since opening in January, the Petawawa Pantry has been catering to 101 households, 143 adults and 88 children.

“We're just checking out our stats and there's been an increase in clientele for sure. That’s what's been predicted by the Hunger Report that came out and it was said that all over Ontario we're going to see an increase in food bank use,” said Eric Strachan, vice-president of the Petawawa Pantry.

“Users are increasing all the time and I would say in the last two months we've had an increase of about 15 per cent,” said Yvon Serre, Petawawa Pantry treasurer. “A good percentage of our clients are military and many are single moms.”

To cater to the growing clientele, Petawawa Pantry vice-president Eric Strachan expressed that this is the time of year that the food bank begins their annual Treat ‘n’ Eat Food Drive and encourages the community to participate and to give generously – especially with the colder months approaching and with Christmas right around the corner.

On Oct. 31, the Petawawa Pantry is inviting anyone interested in volunteering to meet in the parking lot of Your Independent Grocer between 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. With kids are encouraged to dress up in their costumes, the Pantry kindly asks that adults don’t dress up so that they can more easily be identified as volunteers.

A brief meeting will take place during which the volunteers will receive instructions and will be dispatched to different areas of the town to engage in the Treat ‘n’ Eat Food Drive from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

While going door to door, the Treat ‘n’ Eat participants will be asking for non-perishable items and spreading word about the Petawawa Pantry and the increased need for donations to support the hungry in the community.

“Since our inception as a food bank in January 2017, we have discovered many hungry needs within our community, and thus, the necessity of the Petawawa Pantry being here,” said Strachan.

For those who are unable to participate in the Treat ‘n’ Eat Food Drive but would still like to support the Pantry, food or cash donations can also be dropped off at Your Independent Grocer anytime on Halloween – which will be delivered to the Pantry thereafter.

For those interested in canvassing with the Treat ‘n' Eat Food Drive on Halloween contact the Petawawa Pantry at 613-687-1616 or petawawapantryfoodbank@gmail.com

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