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Friday October 25th, 2013

Posted at 1:00pm

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This Saturday is the start of a five week food drive in support of local food banks.

Spearheaded by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County as part of their “7 Days of Caring” project, the Essex Area Food Drive hopes to build momentum, starting with Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet’s “Drive for a Cause” event from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. For every test drive taken, the dealership will donate $25 towards the Essex Area Food Drive to a maximum of $3,000.

A truck parked in the showroom at Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet is also the place to drop off your food donations. From October 26th to November 30th, residents are encouraged to bring food and non-food items to the dealership. All donations will be shared between the Essex Area Food Bank and the Essex Salvation Army Food Bank.

“Many people are not aware of the extent of hunger in our community,” says Essex Mayor Ron McDermott. “Our four food banks serve hundreds of families every month and those food banks are all in need of regular donations of non-perishable items.”

As a municipality-wide project, the Essex Area Food Drive also has public drop-off locations in Harrow and McGregor. The Harrow public drop-off location is the St. Vincent de Paul Store at 42 Centre Street West.

The McGregor public drop-off location is the Knights of Columbus Hall at 9560 Walker Road. All donations collected in Harrow and McGregor will be distributed in those communities.

Food items needed by all food banks include the following: peanut butter, rice and pasta, healthy snacks, breakfast cereal, pasta sauce, canned fish and meats, coffee and tea, juice boxes, sugar, mayonnaise and canned fruit.

Non-food items are also needed, including toilet tissue, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and personal care items.

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