Saturday Oct. 13th was our annual North End Food Drive in support of Welcome Inn. The Reckman, Suggitt, Ellis and Biehler Families headed out door to door to collect food in our neighbourhood. Thanks to Michelle and Gord Ellis who helped us stretch our area of coverage further east this year.  This was our best year collecting over 1,500 lbs and $240.

A wonderful thank you goes to everyone that donated food.  Together our small donations will make a big difference. We are lucky to live in such a caring, supportive neighbourhood.  Going door to door also gives us a chance to meet our neighbours and to have our kids learn about hard work and giving back to the community. Perhaps we can get a few more volunteers next year so that we can do the entire neighbourhood.

The Welcome Inn is truly a gem of the North End.  The organization runs community programs for everyone including after school and summer camp for children to the very popular seniors home cooked lunch which takes place every Tuesday.

The Welcome Inn Emergency Food Bank was established in 1991 to address the growing number of families experiencing hunger. Each month 400 households come to Welcome Inn Community Centre and receive a three-day supply of food and personal hygiene items. They believe that food is a basic human right, so no one is turned away. This service is operated primarily by a dedicated group of volunteers. They have recently  become a Good Food Organization and are working together with  partners for a healthy and fair food system for all.

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Thanks again, Curtis Biehler