Port Colborne City Hall helps Port Cares feed those in need

Port Cares puts together about 200 school lunch kids every month, which helps give a healthy boost to more than 1,000 children each school year. The school lunch program runs entirely on donations, and last week city hall presented Port Cares with a cheque for more than $7,500.

“This came out of an initiative to get our current and future leaders to be engaged in their community,” said Scott Luey, the city’s chief administrative officer. Luey gave them one year to brainstorm ideas and implement a fundraising campaign that could be used to support a local charity. One of those ideas was a calendar, which helped bring in thousands for the Port Cares lunch program.

There are still about 150 calendars left, which the city has given to Port Cares to be used as a handout. Anyone who makes a donation to the Port Cares food bank will get a free calendar, while supplies last.

With temperatures plummeting to 17 below freezing in Port Colborne this week, foodbank items that are aimed at the homeless are in strong demand at Port Cares. Amanda Upper, who works with many of the city’s vulnerable as the supervisor of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre, said donations to the food bank that can be distributed to the city’s homeless will have the greatest impact.

“Remember these are people who might not have a stove or a microwave or anything to prepare a meal, so what we really need are things like power bars and energy bars, or canned items that have a pull-tab, because again, they might not even own a can opener,” said Upper.

To make a donation, or to get information about the school lunch program, visit the Port Cares Reach Out Centre at 61 Nickel Street or call 905-835-1914.

Story by James Culic

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