The Lions Club delivered a large collection of food to the 4Cs food bank on Tuesday Nov. 26 as part of their “reverse advent calendar” where members collected a different item each day for the month of November to be donated.
For example Nov. 12 Lions were asked to set aside cranberry sauce. On Nov. 23 it was a can of carrots.
The issue of hunger is a “pillar of service” for the Lions Club and this initiative was part of their efforts to curb the problem in the Haliburton community.
Judy MacDuff of the 4Cs met the Lions on Tuesday morning and said that right now there are four volunteers working at the food bank helping to distribute food during the holiday season including the Christmas voucher program. Last year 273 vouchers were given out.
The food from the Lions Club will stock the shelves for January.
MacDuff said they also raise money through online sales of used items that come in through the Lily Ann across the street. They average $600 a month through the Facebook group “Auction at Haliburton.”
She also wanted to tell the community that longtime volunteer Rose Barry has retired after spending decades with the organization. She was on the board 27 years ago and was a volunteer before that. Her work was greatly appreciated by the community.