Friendly spirits needed for Halloween food drive

Cole Carruthers
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The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank is in dire need of non-perishable food items.

Hillcrest Apostolic Church is still on the Halloween hunt for this year’s food drive.

Canvassers are needed to scour the streets for donated non-perishable items for the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank donated from giving Moose Javians.

“We always try to get at least 400 volunteers,” food drive coordinator Cam Lewis told the Times-Herald. “We’ve had to manage with 300 before, and it really makes it harder to finish before 9 p.m.”

Lewis said they always try to be finished with food pickups before 9 p.m. as to not disturb residents into the night.

“It really makes the night go smoother and the pickup routes shorter with the more volunteers we have helping,” Lewis said.

In an upcoming edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, you will find a brown paper bag ready to be filled with food to help people in need in Moose Jaw.

Then on Halloween night, which falls on a Wednesday, volunteers for the seventh annual Better Together Food Drive, organized by the Hillcrest Apostolic Church will be visiting Moose Jaw residents between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to collect the bags.

Moose Jaw and District Food Bank manager Terri Smith, coordinator for the food said anything non-perishable is needed, from cereal, pasta, canned fruit or vegetables, pasta, crackers, soup and canned meat.

“We just want to tell the community how much we appreciate the donations; we’re not subsidized, so we rely on our community for support,” Smith said.

Last year the food drive collected 55,000 pounds of food and Lewis is hoping for a similar amount from the generous people of Moose Jaw this year.

To make the night run smoothly, more volunteers are still needed to sign up.

Lewis said they have had some people already register, but she still need hundreds more,

“Collecting the food from residents is the most important aspect of the night,” Lewis said. “It takes so much longer with less volunteers, so we would really appreciate to see more volunteers, so please bring a friend.”

Volunteers need to be at the Hillcrest Apostolic Church at 5:15 p.m. on Halloween night so they are organized with a map and ready to go out with their team from 6 to 9 p.m.

Lewis said it would be greatly appreciated if people can sign up before Halloween by calling 692-5600.

 

For more on this article pick up the latest issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Hillcrest Apostolic Church, Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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