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100+ Women Who Care donate thousands to Canning Food Bank

Cate Smith, right, represented the 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley chapter Dec. 13 when the group heard from community organizations vying for funding. The groups included Cari Patterson and Alice Veenema, of the Canning Food Bank, Alice Morse, with the VON Annapolis Valley, and Teagan Davis and Kim Vaughan, with the Hardwood Lake Girl Guide Camp. - Sara White photo
Cate Smith, right, represented the 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley chapter Dec. 13 when the group heard from community organizations vying for funding. The groups included Cari Patterson and Alice Veenema, of the Canning Food Bank, Alice Morse, with the VON Annapolis Valley, and Teagan Davis and Kim Vaughan, with the Hardwood Lake Girl Guide Camp. - Sara White photo - Contributed

Secretary says food bank was ‘overwhelming crowd favourite’ at meeting

KENTVILLE – The Canning Food Bank has received at least $6,000 after being chosen as this quarter’s recipient by a charitable women’s group in the Annapolis Valley.

The food bank gave a successful presentation at the Dec. 13 meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley group, which meets four times per year to hear presentations from area non-profits and their programs and services.

Group secretary Sara White says the food bank was chosen after presenting on its partnership with Glooscap Elementary School to develop a lunch program for students who’ve been without one for two years.

“The ladies who vote are looking for ways just to make a difference, and if something grabs their attention, and money can make a difference, that’s what they can go with. This group was the overwhelming crowd favourite,” says White.

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The two other presenting groups — VON Annapolis Valley and the Hardwood Lake Girl Guide Camp — received $1,000 advertising support credits with local radio station K-Rock.

White says funds donated to the food bank will support bulk-purchases of food, a fridge or freezer purchase and a weekly lunch program for the wider community.

“This project will aim to re-launch some kind of lunch program at school that is meant to be simple…. and affordable so everybody can eat.”

White says the food bank will be invited back to present at a later meeting to update the group on how its donated funds will have aided its project.

The Dec. 13 meeting saw a presentation from past funding-recipient the Windsor Bus Society for this reason, which credited the group for kickstarting its campaign for a new seniors’ bus.

“It’s nice to know what we did made a difference,” says White.

The 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley meet quarterly, with members pledging to give $100 donations at each event. Members can join at anytime, and existing members can nominate non-profit groups for the opportunity to present.

For more information, visit the group’s website at https://100womenvalley.ca/.

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