Over the last couple of months, various local organizations and businesses have participated in food drives to help support our Community Soup Kitchen. Many, who have in turn, issued calls to action and challenges for others to participate as well.
After speaking with staff, Ross Romano MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, decided that simply putting a box in his constituency office to collect can goods for those in need over the holidays simply wasn’t good enough. A press release was sent out early last week inviting constituents to join them on Friday December 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to canvas generous community members for non-perishable food items to be donated to the Soup Kitchen for the holidays.
This past Friday, Romano arranged a pizza party at noon for a small army of volunteers comprised of local constituency staff, Toronto Legislative staff, friends, family and even three students from Superior Heights. At 1 p.m. four teams of four headed out targeting the north, south, east and west ends of the city canvasing door to door for non-perishable food items. Their goal was to hit 16 boxes of donations.
After 3 hours of canvassing in deteriorating weather, everyone met back at the constituency office. The team soon realized that they had far exceeded their goal, having collected about 25 boxes.
SaultOnline caught up to Romano and his team shortly after 4 p.m. that same day when a white SUV, generously provided by Maitland Ford, pulled up to the Community Soup Kitchen followed by several other vehicles. The team rallied one last time to carry in the boxes of donations they had collected to a very appreciative group of Soup Kitchen staff and patrons.