By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, food banks in Wallaceburg are in need of donations.
A group of Wallaceburg residents banded the community together and launched the Wallaceburg COVID-19 Food Drive to give back to the St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army food banks, with canned and nonperishable food donations.
Lisa English, who organized the food drive with her husband Tim, said during a five-day stretch from April 6 to April 10, they collected over 1,700 donations from over 150 homes in Wallaceburg.
“We want to thank the Wallaceburg community for their generosity to help those less fortunate during these uncertain times,” Lisa English told the Sydenham Current.
“We also want to thank the Wallaceburg Kinsmen for donating space in their building to store and sort the items collected and to the Sydenham Current and Chatham Voice for helping us get the word out.”
The English’s also wanted to extend a “special thank you” to the volunteers who helped them collect and sort, including: their daughter Mandy; Rosalie, Ric and Evan Mathany; Lori, Chuck, Julia and Caleb Green; Yvette Bowsher and Barry Lightfoot.
The donation was set to be delivered to St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army on Monday, April 20.
For the food drive, Wallaceburg was split into sections in order to collect from every neighborhood, Lisa English said.
Items were left to sit for one week, as a precautionary measure and sorted at the Wallaceburg Kinsmen building on Saturday, April 18.
All pickups were made through curbside pickup, in order to adhere to restrictions.
Drop offs were also able to be made to Screen Art, located at 110 Arnold Street in Wallaceburg. Although the business was closed, the front entry was open for anyone wanting to make a donation, Lisa English said.
To read our previous story about the food drive, click here.