By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – School season is here and there's a need for healthier food donations. TC Media is pushing forward with the Agape Centre to stop hunger before it hits the classroom.
TC Media general manager (Cornwall market) Rick Shaver invites you to drop off your food donations at the TC Media news office located at 29 Second St. East Cornwall.
"TC Media is proud to support the community with this great initiative," said Shaver. "Every donation can make a difference."
The Agape Centre currently has 25 donation barrels scattered throughout the community. Agape Centre executive director Alyssa Blais is hoping to reach 40.
"We really want to promote healthy nutritious school snacks," said Blais. "We'd appreciate healthier food donations."
She said the summer is particularly hard for low-income families, since school programs offering daily nutrition are on hold. The start of the school year is also a concern with additional expenses for supplies, clothing and other financial responsibilities.
"In the summer we see kids in the food kitchen," said Blais. "The need is great. People have to realize were open all year."
The Agape Centre encourages the public to donate in the summer, as well as the winter.
Healthy Items you can donate to the food bank are: peanut butter, unsweetened apple sauce, bags of apples, carrots, potatoes, 100% real fruit juice containers, tuna and cheese (not processed).
A full list of food items the Agape Centre would appreciate can be found at www.agapecentre.ca.
Foods high in sugar and low in nutritional value should be passed up in favour of healthier choices. The Agape is asking the public to stray away from donations such as macaroni and cheese, pie filling and sugary fruit cocktail cups.
"We're trying to get more quality," said Blais. "Everybody deserves to eat well."
Another way to donate is their monthly Orange Partnership campaign.
"We're encouraging a monthly donation program so we can maintain consistent a level of services," said Blais.
To find out more information, visit www.agapecentre.ca and Seaway News online for updates on the food drive campaign.