Libro donates 24,000 lbs. of food to local food banks, including Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission

 

 

Volunteers from the Unemployed Help Centre in Windsor load food donated by the Libro Credit Union to various local food banks on March 25. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Volunteers from the Unemployed Help Centre in Windsor load food donated by the Libro Credit Union to various local food banks on March 25. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

By Adam D’Andrea

 

For the eighth year in a row, the Libro Credit Union is using their Farms to Food Banks program to help local families in need.

Libro donated over 40,000 pounds of food to food banks across southwestern Ontario last Tuesday, with 24,000 pounds. distributed in Windsor alone. Local food banks picked up goods that were purchased and dropped off by Libro at the Unemployed Help Centre in Windsor.

“We’ve donated over 540,000 pounds of food since we started this program,” said Jennifer Dawson, Libro’s regional manager for Essex-Kent. “It consists of us actually purchasing the food from the farmers, which consists of fresh produce such as apples and potatoes.”

Libro also purchases meat, milk and eggs from local farms to distribute to food banks. The program began in 2007 and has successfully provided food for over 130,000 people in southwestern Ontario.

In Amherstburg, the Farms to Food Banks program makes a donation to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

“It started with the employees of the United Communities Credit Union in Woodslee as an initiative to really promote volunteerism and community events, and to develop how to work with farmers,” said Dawson. “One of the things we’re very proud to acknowledge is that this has helped to feed over 130,000 people in the local communities that we support and we’re happy to support Southwestern Ontario.”

In addition to donating to Windsor food banks, Libro also donated approximately 10,000 lbs. of food to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and 9,000 pounds of food to the Huron County Food Distribution Centre this year.

Those looking to support the Farms to Food Banks program can post a picture of a food item on the Libro Credit Union Facebook page until April 4, which Libro will match with a donation to a local food bank. Canned goods can also be dropped off at any of Libro’s 27 branches across southwestern Ontario.

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