Dozens of volunteers bag fresh carrots in the Ashcroft Community Hall for the Christmas Food Hampers.The Hampers also had other fresh vegetables as well as canned goods.

Nearly 150 Christmas Hampers delivered

Volunteers fill and deliver 149 Christmas Hampers to individuals and families in the area.

Volunteers worked harder than Santa’s elves this year to fill 149 Christmas Hampers so they could be delivered before Christmas.

There were more hamper applications than last year, and many of them were from individuals. The area covered by the Hampers stretches from Spences Bridge to Clinton.

“Each hamper gets a turkey, stove top stuffing, and cranberry sauce,” says Esther Lang. “Fresh produce this year included cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, and apples, purchased with monetary donations from individuals and businesses.  All other contributions of canned goods or dried foods, donated from community members, are distributed to each of the boxes.

“No two boxes are the same, due to the need to divide the donations as equitably as possible.”

Each box also lists any dietary needs, including food allergies, of the recipient.

“Donated monies are also used to purchase case lots of specific canned goods to ensure there is some nutritional balance to each box,” said Lang.

“Many thanks to the many individuals, schools, businesses, and local industries who have so generously contributed time, labour, money, and food,” she said. “They are too numerous to mention and too important to overlook.  It is wonderful to see such active community support to ensure each family in the area has a rewarding Christmas.”

The Hampers were loaded into vehicles and individually delivered to their recipients by more volunteers on Dec. 19.

People are reminded that the Food Bank is different from the Christmas Hampers and always welcomes donations of food or cash.

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