Hants County contractors beefing up annual food drives

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on January 22, 2014

Local contractors are asking the general public to help them feed the hungry.

For a second consecutive year, several contractors are banding together to bring in money that will be used for the sole purpose of purchasing beef that will be donated to the food banks in Windsor and Hantsport, and the Harvest House Outreach Centre in Windsor.

“Every cent of it goes for meat. There is no cost for looking after it at all,” said organizer Harlen Schofield, a retired contractor.

Central Home Improvement and New Valley Homes (Brison Developments) have already contributed $400 each to the cause and Chandler Construction chipped in $200.

“There will be 400-plus pounds of meat going in this time,” said Schofield, who wants to see the grand total grow each year.

Schofield is asking the public to lend their support to the beef drive by dropping cash donations off at Central.

“Every time it hits $2.50 there’s another pound of hamburger that hits the shelf.”

The meat will be separated into one-pound bags by volunteers and local politicians at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre in Windsor Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.

Schofield says the plan is to turn the beef drive as well as a fall vegetable drive, which brought in 3,800 pounds of vegetables last December, into annual events.

“A lot of people out there need help and this is what we’re trying to do.”