This coming weekend marks a critical community outreach in the ongoing efforts to help Samaritan House serve those in need.
In an effort to help stock the Samaritan House Food Bank, the PhysioFirst FoodFirst Drive will be taking place on Saturday morning. To provide the easiest possible outlet for those in the community to help, bags just like the one in the picture attached to this post are being distributed in this week’s Brandon Sun Community News on Wednesday and Thursday. Residents are being asked to consider putting donations of non-perishable food items inside the bags and placing them on their doorstep on Saturday morning by 10:30am.
Starting at 10:30am a group of volunteers will begin an approximately 3-4 hour process of combing the city, locating the bags and collecting them, to later be distributed locally through the Samaritan House food bank.
Specific items that there is said to be the highest need for are:
- canned meat and fish
- dry pasta
- canned fruit and vegetables
- canned soup
- pasta sauce
- “Quick Meals” (KD, quick rice, etc)
- Toothbrush, tooth paste, feminine products
For anyone that for whatever reason may not have received a bag after Thursday, extras will be available at Physio First at 1129 19th street.
As part of providing the most efficient collection possible the city is divided up into 27 regions, each with a driver from the Lions Club and two Neelin high school students serving as runners to spot and collect bags. If by chance one happens to have not seen collection by 2pm on Saturday they’re asked to call 204-726-0758 and a volunteer from Samaritan House will come out and collect the missed bag.
The plastic bags used in collection are funded by IG Wealth Management as well as local Credit Unions Compass, Westoba, Sunrise and Fusion.
Over 14 years since the FoodFirst Drive first began, more than 90,000 pounds of food have been collected and distributed.