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News Release – Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs Food Drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre

Port Colborne Lions Club – Wainfleet Lions Club Food Drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank


Port Colborne, Ontario (October 9, 2018) – The Port Colborne Lions Club and Wainfleet Lions Club will once again be out in full force on Saturday November 3rd. Their wonderful team of volunteers will be collecting food and monetary donations from local Port Colborne and Wainfleet residents for their annual food drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre.

Residents of Port Colborne are asked to leave any canned or dry goods out on their porches by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3rd to be collected by the volunteers supporting the food drive.

Residents of Wainfleet Township are asked to either drop their non- perishable food donations off in-advance at the Meridian Credit Union located at 31885 Highway 3, Wainfleet, beginning  Monday, October 29 through Friday,  November 2, or to come to Meridian Credit Union (Wainfleet Branch) on the day of the food drive Saturday, November 3  between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

“The tremendous effort from the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs, their volunteers and generous community donors will impact hundreds of children and adults who live in poverty. Here at Port Cares we are extremely grateful for all of the community efforts that are being put towards the food drive. Port Colborne and Wainfleet residents are always so incredible and giving towards the annual Food Drive. Our Port Cares team is excited to roll up our sleeves and work along side the Lions and all the community volunteers at this years food drive,” says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.

The food donations collected will provide the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre with much needed resources for clients during the winter months, when the need for food is the greatest.


Canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, baked beans, large juice bottles, deodorant, shampoo, soap, large juice bottles, baby food, formula and diapers.


  • In 2017, the Port Cares food bank distributed 204,395 pounds of food
  • In 2017, the Food Drive collected 31,652lbs and $5,379 in monetary donations, in addition to promoting awareness and community collaboration.

For more information on the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs Food Drive please contact:

  • Port Colborne Lions Club – Lion Jeremy Hamm, 905-327-9799, George DeRuyte 289-820-6163
  • Wainfleet Lions Club – Lion John Taylor, 905-933-7364
  • Meridian Credit Union, Wainfleet Branch – Katarina Chataway, 905-899-3951

News Release – Sherkston Supermart Donation

Sherkston Supermart pitches in to support Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre’s School Childrens’ Lunch Kit Program


Port Colborne, Ontario (August 30, 2018) – For local school children in need going back to school next week will be a whole lot easier knowing that they will have nutritious lunches thanks to Sherkston Supermart’s support of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre  School Lunch Kit program.

The Bodner Family and their business Sherkston Supermart inside Sherkston Shores Resort have donated $2,500 to support the Lunch Kit program which is 100 per cent reliant on donation and philanthropic support. Last school year 2,404 lunch kits were provided to local children supplying 12,020 individual lunches to elementary and secondary school students during the school year.

“Through the support of Sobeys we offer a wide selection of nutritious and delicious products but it is important for us to remember that not everyone has equal access to food or basic needs. Our partnership with Sobeys Wholesale has helped our success and allowed us to help our community by supporting this very important program.” said Ron Bodner.

“This donation comes on the fourth anniversary of our launch of this important service. Every child who is registered for the lunch kit program is a child living in a low income or poor family where choices have to made about whether there is enough money to pay the rent or buy nutritious healthy food. Port Cares started this program with the incredible support of the Branscombe Family Foundation and we are blessed to have the number of community supporters grow every year,” explains Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.

“On behalf of the children and families we serve we sincerely thank Ron, Claire, James and Glen – the Bodner Family – for  their generosity and community goodwill.”


  • The food bank assists 1,200 A third of the people reliant on the food bank are children.
  • On average, 17,000 to 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the food bank each month.
  • The most needed food items for the food bank include: canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula, diapers and personal hygiene items.
  • Last school year the Reach Out Food Centre, located at 61 Nickel Street, provided 2,020 lunch kits (12,000 lunches) to local school age children who live in low income households.
  • Hot and nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need. More than 50 adults and children typically attend each meal. In the winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at meal time.

Port Colborne Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament gives back to community

On a beautiful day on May 27th 54 golfers gathered at the newly renovated Port Colborne Golf and Country Club to play in the 1st Annual Port Colborne Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament. The tournament was a success with many fun golf holes and a BBQ Pig Roast dinner.

Event organiser Trent Thompson and son Jordan Thompson were pleased with the turn out and support. ” Tom Vanderlip and the staff at the Port Colborne Golf and Country Club were great and the support from local sponsors was amazing.” Thanks to their sponsors, donors, volunteers and the many golfers who participated, they raised $3500 for the Port Cares Reach Out Centre and Food Bank. Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares and Fundraising Supervisor Karin DiBiase expressed their gratitude for this wonderful donation.

Stay tuned for an even bigger event next year on June 2nd, 2018 with celebrity golfers and more!

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Port Cares Salutes our Volunteers

Volunteers make this community a caring and special place. Without the many Volunteers who donate their time, compassion and energy to Port Cares we would not be able to offer many of our services to those in need. Our Volunteers help out in the food bank, and community kitchen, they collect food and participate in fundraising events and more.

This week marks National Volunteer Week and we could not do it without them. We will be holding a volunteer appreciation event at our Reach Out Centre this week to thank them for their efforts.

We also want to take this opportunity to recognize all of the amazing volunteers who donate of their time and expertise to the many organizations who make this community a great place to live.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Karin DiBiase at 905-834-3629 etc. 245 or visit

Volunteering at Port Cares

This week is national Volunteer Week (1)

SoupFest 2017 rocks the Italian Hall

Thank you to everyone for the fantastic response to SoupFest 2017. We had close to 250 guests and students in attendance and the soups were simply fantastic. We have already raised over $4000 from this event (plus $5000 in in-kind donations) and we could not have done it without the support of our generous donors and sponsors.

We would especially like to thank:  

The teams from Port Colborne High School; Lakeshore Catholic High School; Niagara College; and the Port Cares Reach Out Centre. The people’s choice award went to the Port Cares Team for their Beef Taco Tortilla Soup.

A huge thank you also to the Port Colborne High School Band for playing such amazing music and to our sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.

Thanks to your support we will be able to utilize the proceeds from this event to continue to provide over 12,000 meals to individuals and families in need in our community.


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Port Colborne/ Wainfleet Lions Food Drive a success!

On November 5th the Port Colborne Lions and  their wonderful volunteers went  door to door in Port Colborne to collect food for the Port Cares Food Bank. These amazing volunteers collected over 28, 394  pounds of food and over $4000 in cash donations so far from generous citizens in both communities. The final tally will not be known for another few days as staff and volunteers are still sorting through the huge amount of donations gathered on Nov. 5th. On behalf of everyone at Port Cares a sincere thank you to the Lions, the Volunteers and Donors for making this annual food drive possible. to learn more read:…/

This annual event has helped us fill the shelves of the food bank at at time when it is most needed and we are very grateful for their support.