Princeton Food Bank needs your help

Demand is up - you can donate at Save On Foods this Saturday

Donate to the Princeton Food Bank this Saturday at Save On Foods from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Donate to the Princeton Food Bank this Saturday at Save On Foods from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Demand for help from the Princeton Food Bank has more than doubled in the past four years, since the operation was taken over by the Princeton Baptist Church.

The food bank now serves 60 clients each month, compared to the 20 or 30 clients it handled four years ago.

Organizer Mark Howarth said residents have a chance to pitch in this Saturday during a fundraiser at Save On Foods.

Food bank volunteers will be at Save On between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. accepting donations of food and cash, and rewarding larger cash donations with a free box of fire logs valued at $20.

The fire logs were provided to the food bank by a local business to help raise money, he said.

Howarth said the food bank also wants to raise awareness of its needs, and the services it provides to the community.

The operation sometimes gets overlooked during December, he added, when people are donating to the Christmas Hamper program run by the crisis assistance center. Also many people in town are not aware the food bank is no longer linked to the center or to the United Church.

“We are the only food bank operating in Princeton…and we are not going to let people go hungry.”