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A view of some of the many empty shelves at the Shelburne Loyalist Food Bank.
By Amy Woolvett
As parents gear their grocery shopping to back to school items perfect for school lunches, the Shelburne Loyalist Food Bank is asking for the public’s help to stock up the food banks reserves.
The bare shelves are a testament to people’s busy summers but with 100 people a month to feed, things are becoming desperate.
“I’ve never seen it this empty in the three years I’ve been here,” said volunteer Diane Bennett. “It’s a busy time for everyone and people tend to forget to donate.”
She said summer is always the worst for food or cash donations.
To help through these drier months, the food bank held a fundraiser, raising $670 toward purchasing food.
A gift basket filled with $250 worth of goodies was raffled.
“We are grateful for the generosity of businesses around the town who donated items for the basket,” said volunteer Sandy Taylor.
The raffle was drawn last week with winner Brenda Buchanan from Sandy Point announced.
Bennett said that there comes a time in many people’s lives when they need the food bank to feed their families for one reason or another.
With school back in, many lunch box items like juice packs, snack items and cereals are needed. As well canned meats, canned peas and carrots, peanut butter, fruit cups and instant coffee are needed.
Volunteer staff is hopeful they can get the shelves back to full again and thank the public for their generosity.