BDO revving up to ‘Drive Away Hunger’

Duane Hicks

The local BDO Canada office once again is looking to local residents to help “Drive Away Hunger” over the next few weeks.
From Sept. 21-Oct. 12, BDO will be accepting donations of canned goods and other non-perishable foods on Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. at its office at 607 Portage Ave.
The donations will help out the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen located at the Good Beginnings Fellowship on Mill Road–a new cause for this year’s “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.
“We have done the UNFC in the past and somebody brought the soup kitchen to our attention, so we thought we would donate to them this year,” Lisa Gibbs, BDO Canada senior administrative assistant, told the Times.
The most-needed food items include canned beans and vegetables; pasta, rice, and sauces; canned meat and fish; coffee, sugar, and whitener; breakfast cereal; canned fruit; peanut butter; and canned and powdered milk.
The “Drive Away Hunger” campaign is a nationwide food drive conducted each year by BDO Canada, and which has received a generous response locally, noted Gibbs.
Last year, the Fort Frances office collected a total of 11,417 meals. This calculated as $1 equalling three meals and one pound of non-perishables equalling one meal.
BDO staff weighed the non-perishable donations on a bathroom scale.
“The donations almost filled an entire office,” Gibbs recalled. “The community response was amazing!”
The food drive this year is being promoted with a flyer local residents will find inserted in tomorrow’s Daily Bulletin.
“We’re hoping we’ll get a lot of people in from the flyers,” said Gibbs. “We handed out flyers ourselves last year and it was quite successful.
“We thought, ‘Well, maybe we can get everybody in town by putting it in the paper.’
“I’m a little bit worried abut where I’m going to put it all,” she chuckled.
For those who may not be aware, the Loves and Fishes soup kitchen serves up free, healthy lunches each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon-12:20 p.m.
Meanwhile, BDO Canada also will give the Emo Food Bank a boost again this year.
Staff will conduct a food drive next Thursday (Sept. 27) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cloverleaf in Emo, noted Gibbs.
All items donated at that time will go to the food bank there.
Monetary donations also are an option, with donations of $20 or more receiving a charitable tax receipt.
Cheques can be made payable to New Beginnings Fellowship or the Emo Food Bank.
Any questions? Contact Gibbs at 274-9848.
Over the past 10 years, BDO has collected more than 4.1 million meals to help local and national food banks meet their needs through the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.
As the largest employee-led food drive in Canada, with 100 percent of donations directly benefiting local food banks, BDO is a proud partner committed to reaching its goal of raising 750,000 meals in combined donations.