Food Drive collects record total of 14,500 lbs of food for Manna Food Bank

The Manna Food Bank in Bracebridge is thanking the entire town of Bracebridge for supporting the Fall Food Drive again this year after preliminary figures show a record total of 14,500 lbs of food was collected.

In a letter to the editor, Food Bank President Sam Robinson says it takes a lot of volunteers to run the food drive which is organized each year by the Muskoka Oldtimers Hockey Club.

“It takes a lot of volunteers to run the food drive; 55 drivers and 130 runners, many of them from Monck, Macauley and BPS, covering 43 routes, plus many more who gather at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds to unpack and sort the donated food,” he writes. “Bracebridge residents dug especially deep this year, giving a record total of 14,500 lbs of food. Cash and cheque donations have yet to be tallied.

“As always, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Oldtimers, led by Rob Fraser, for their hard work. The Fall Food Drive is Manna’s only community-wide food drive of the year, (the one at Christmas with the firefighters is for the Salvation Army, folks!) and it is an essential for keeping Manna going.
Most people know about the Fall Food Drive now, thanks to the fact that it has been going for more than two decades, and thanks also to the media outlets, churches and businesses that help spread the word.

And speaking of community support; we would also like to send a hearty thank you to Investors Group, which recently organized and donated to a comedy evening that raised more than $1,000 and hundreds pounds of food for Manna. This is becoming a tradition; assisting Manna while raising the community’s spirits, and we truly appreciate it. And thank you also to What’s Cooking Bracebridge, which also made Manna its charitable beneficiary at last weekend’s event.”

“We are particularly fortunate to have such a cohesive and compassionate community here in Bracebridge. Another reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving.”

Your sincerely,

Sam Robinson
President, Manna Food Bank.

Note – Cash and cheque donation totals should be available Wedesday October 5. They will be posted on the Facebook page and website when they are available.