Local family gives back in honour of their father

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local family is giving back to the community in memory of their late father due to the fact their father Omer was known for giving back.

The Meloche family dropped off roughly 800 cans and boxes of food to the Amherstburg Food Bank Saturday morning as the first part of a year-long campaign to hopefully reach 2,500 food items. Leo Meloche said the idea came up over the Christmas holidays and the family is following through.

The Meloche family is giving back to local food banks in memory of their father, Omer Meloche. The first batch of goods was dropped off at the Amherstburg Food Bank last Saturday. From left: Food Bank volunteers David and Elinor West and Leo Meloche.

The Meloche family is giving back to local food banks in memory of their father, Omer Meloche. The first batch of goods was dropped off at the Amherstburg Food Bank last Saturday. From left: Food Bank volunteers David and Elinor West and Leo Meloche.

“Our father was a community minded individual, selflessly dedicating much of this time to the well-being of the community. We have Co-An Park today as a result of his efforts,” said Leo, an Amherstburg town councillor. “This past Christmas, at a family gathering, I proposed to my family the idea of giving back to the community as our father had throughout the years. A food drive was suggested as I reminded everyone of a time some years ago when our family received assistance from the community in the form of food baskets following a workplace accident involving our father.”

With that in mind, Meloche said the family embarked upon a food drive campaign so duly calling it the “Omer Meloche Memorial Can Drive.” The family includes Leo’s mother, step-father, ten brothers and sisters as well as their extended families and he said they set a goal for 2016 of 2,500 canned or boxed food items.

Leo noted they wanted to make the first part of their donation last Saturday in order so that those in need could have it for the Easter holiday. As the family is mainly in the Amherstburg and Essex areas, food banks in both towns will benefit from the family’s undertaking in 2016.

“We must be mindful of the fact that we cannot go through life always being takers. There comes a time when we have to think about giving back. Everyone has something to give and my family encourages others to also find a way to give back,” said Leo.

Elinor West, a volunteer at the Amherstburg Food Bank, said they are moving forward after former president Lucille Thrasher died of cancer last November. She said there is still a need in the community and the food bank is trying to fulfill those needs.

The Amherstburg Food Bank has roughly 15 volunteers. West said the donation from the Meloche family will definitely help.

“The shelves will be fully stocked,” she said.

The Amherstburg Food Bank is located at 126 Richmond St. and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-12 noon. Anyone wishing to make a donation or those who need assistance can visit the food bank during those hours.

 

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