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.

Organizers gear up for Muskoka Oldtimers Fall Food Drive for Manna

The Muskoka Oldtimers Hockey Club is gearing up for its Fall Food Drive for Manna, this year taking place on Tuesday October 4th.

On the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving every year for almost as long as the Muskoka Oldtimers and Manna have been in existence, dozens of volunteers have gone door-to-door all over Bracebridge and collected non-perishable food donations for Manna, and dozens more gather at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds to unload, sort and pack it.

Once again the Oldtimers are asking everyone to gather up their household’s food donations and put them in a bag on their front porch by 5:30. Please leave your porch light on.

School snacks, canned fruit, vegetables and fish, dried pasta and sauce, peanut butter, breakfast cereal, crackers and flour are always in high demand.

While the community is always very generous in both its giving and signing up to participate, the Oldtimers are always on the lookout for volunteers to collect food and to help sort it at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds.

Should you know anyone who might be interested in joining us, please let us know,” says organizer Rob Fraser. “We can never have too many volunteers!”

This is the most important food-raiser of the year for the Manna Food Bank, so please give generously. Manna also gratefully accepts monetary donations. Manna is a registered charity and tax receipts are issued for cheques.

The goal this year is to match previous years by collecting in excess of 13,000 lbs of food and $3,000 in cash and cheques.

Please call 705-646-0114 or email info@mannafoodbank.ca for more information or to volunteer. They cover most of the town but some streets do get missed, so give them a call if you are missed that evening.

A big thank you to 100+ volunteers who make this event happen, and to all of those who can spare a bit for Manna.

Packing up for the season? Donate your summer leftovers through food bank program

Muskoka Lakes Association teams up with Oliver’s Coffee to collect food bank donations

Published October 4, 2.30pm: Tired of packing up your non-perishables and carting them back to the city? Consider donating your canned and boxed food to a local food bank.

The Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA), in partnership with Oliver’s Coffee in Muskoka, is encouraging cottagers who typically take their non-perishables home at the end of the season, to instead, donate them to local food banks.

Wendy Cameron, of the Manna Food Bank says, “708 families used the food bank last year, and this August saw an increase of 23% compared to last year, which is highly unusual. Local families are still reeling from increased propane and hydro costs made worse by the long and bitterly cold winter.”

From Friday, October 10 through Monday, October 14, Oliver’s Coffee in Bala, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Port Carling will be collecting donations that the MLA will then deliver to local food banks.

The MLA says it appreciates the support of the Muskoka community in making this project happen. The Manna Food Bank gratefully accepts donations of cash and non-perishable food items.

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