by Thomas Eng

On December 2, Fill-A-Bag celebrated 10 years of collecting food for the Salvation Army food bank. With what started as a few people delivering as many bags as possible to houses in the North Grenville Community, the program has morphed into a community-wide collection, where Fill-A-Bag attempts to get a bag to every house to be filled in a week.

Over the years, the Fill-A-Bag program has grown from filling the foyer of a church to filling the fire hall, and now an entire empty building is required to hold the food that is being collected. Over 50 groups of people are required to both distribute the bags, as well as to pick them up once they are filled up.

Way to go North Grenville! A huge thank you to everyone who was part of the Fill-A-Bag Campaign. Despite the rainy weather this year, over 1,600 bags of food have been collected so far in support of the Kemptville Salvation Army Food Bank.

Thank you to the residents of North Grenville who generously donated food and household items. Thank you to our volunteers, to the teams who distributed and collected the bags, those who have sorted, or will be coming to sort the donated items, our parking attendants, those who served refreshments, and those who pitched in where and when they were needed.

Thank you also to our sponsors, who donated the funds needed to run the food drive, as well as donating the space to distribute the bags and sort the food. Thank you for caring for the hungry in our community.

Sauve Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd.
Sheppard and Associates Ltd.
Westerra Homes
McKee & McKee – Royal LePage Team Realty
Samantha Rivet-Stevenson – RBC Financial
DSI Williams Excavating
Coba Studios & Print House
B&H Your Community Grocer
Gerry Seguin – Re/Max Affiliates realty
Array Hair Studio
Rekmans Automotive
Brewed Awakenings
G&S Automotive
RONA – Kemptville Building Centre
Starbucks Kemptville

It was a wonderful day and a great 10th anniversary for the Fill-A-Bag Campaign. Let’s see the program continue to succeed for another 10 years, as our community continues to grow.

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