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Carleton Place Christmas Basket seeks local support

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 11:11 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends to share anecdotes from the previous year and well wishes for the upcoming over a hot meal. Unfortunately, the reality of the holiday season is not this bright and breezy for some in Carleton Place.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket puts food on the table and presents under the tree for families in need.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket is asking for local support to make the program a success once again as the holiday season approaches. The program relies on local donations to supply a complete Christmas breakfast and supper to families and individuals in need during the holidays.

“We distributed 297 baskets last year,” said Wayne Drummond, the Carleton Place Christmas Basket program coordinator. “All the baskets stay within the K7C postal area,” he said. Drummond says donations have traditionally come from both individuals and commercial enterprises in the community. No donations come from government programs.

“Not everyone can afford the traditional family festivities during the Christmas season,” Drummond said. “It’s really important that we connect as a community so that Christmas is a happy time for all.”

Each basket contains a pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, syrup, bread, butter, peanut butter, jam and milk. The turkey dinner includes apple juice, potatoes, carrots, turkey, dressing, cranberries, gravy and a dessert.

About 1,000 people, a third of whom are younger than 16, also received presents from the Angel Tree Program that is affiliated with Carleton Place Christmas Basket. Angel Tree Program gifts are combined with the appropriate basket.

“I think [the baskets] really do help,” said Dr. Sean Murphy from Murphy Chiropractic’s in Carleton Place. Murphy Chiropractic’s has been a drop-off destination for donated winter hats, mittens and scarves for the last 13 years. The winter items are packed into the Christmas baskets. The office usually starts accepting donations at the end of October.

“Sometimes the Christmas Basket gets a last minute call on Christmas Eve so it’s really important that we start early to make sure we have enough for everyone in need,” Murphy said. “I think it’s a success because giving makes you feel good, it’s healthy for everyone involved.” Murphy said. “People are more willing to give at this time of year.”

“Ray always donates a lot which is very helpful,” said Drummond, talking about Ray MacLaren, the manager of the Carleton Place Giant Tiger.

Donated hats, mittens and scarves must be new. Handmade is accepted.

For more information about Christmas Baskets, contact Wayne Drummond at wdrumm9@gmail.com.

Photo by Jane Hobson
Dr. Sean Murphy (bottom left) poses for a photo with Wayne Drummond (middle) and Ray MacLaren (top right) with other chiropractic employees in front of a box of donated winter clothing on Oct. 24, 2016. Murphy Chiropractic in Carleton Place has been helping Carleton Place Christmas Basket collect winter items for 13 years.

Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Submitted
editiorial@pdgmedia.ca

Across Canada, one in 10 people do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week.
Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six per cent of those people are children and over 8 per cent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the purchase of perishables such as milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese and meat.

The event will be held on Sept.19, Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the community kitchen, upstairs at Mitchell’s Independent Grocer (455 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place). Each night a different well-known area chef will be performing.

Each chef will “shop” at the Food Bank two hours before heading to the test kitchen. The chef will only be allowed to select the quantity and type of items that are allowed for a family of four. Each chef will receive one pound of meat for the entrée and some fresh produce (if available).

The challenge is to create a three-course meal (and anything else they choose) in the time allotted, using the ingredients from the food bank.

Come find out how to use basic, simple ingredients to create a tasty, amazing meal. Learn cheats, substitutions, and innovative ways to stretch your grocery dollar. Audience interaction is encouraged.

On Sept. 19, Roger Weldon from Generations Inn in Beckwith will be taking the spotlight, with Rob Slack from Slackoni’s in Carleton Place on Sept. 20, and Wendy Barbaro from Mill Street Crepe Company in Almonte on Sept. 21.

Admission by monetary donation.

The Hunger Stop is also running an online silent auction. Please check out the list of auction items at http://bit.ly/2bbiY5a and place a bid.

Winners can collect their items from the Hunger Stop at 5 Allan St in Carleton Place the week of Sept.26 during open hours. Smaller Items can be shipped for additional cost – larger items must be picked up. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque (made out to Lanark County Food Bank), or via secure online payment using PayPal (account not required). Items will be available for viewing starting Sept. 5.
The Hunger Stop greatly appreciates the support of Mitchell’s Independent Grocer for the use of their kitchen and their support.

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Photo Credits: Submitted









Posts Tagged ‘food bank’

Carleton Place Christmas Basket seeks local support

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 11:11 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends to share anecdotes from the previous year and well wishes for the upcoming over a hot meal. Unfortunately, the reality of the holiday season is not this bright and breezy for some in Carleton Place.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket puts food on the table and presents under the tree for families in need.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket is asking for local support to make the program a success once again as the holiday season approaches. The program relies on local donations to supply a complete Christmas breakfast and supper to families and individuals in need during the holidays.

“We distributed 297 baskets last year,” said Wayne Drummond, the Carleton Place Christmas Basket program coordinator. “All the baskets stay within the K7C postal area,” he said. Drummond says donations have traditionally come from both individuals and commercial enterprises in the community. No donations come from government programs.

“Not everyone can afford the traditional family festivities during the Christmas season,” Drummond said. “It’s really important that we connect as a community so that Christmas is a happy time for all.”

Each basket contains a pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, syrup, bread, butter, peanut butter, jam and milk. The turkey dinner includes apple juice, potatoes, carrots, turkey, dressing, cranberries, gravy and a dessert.

About 1,000 people, a third of whom are younger than 16, also received presents from the Angel Tree Program that is affiliated with Carleton Place Christmas Basket. Angel Tree Program gifts are combined with the appropriate basket.

“I think [the baskets] really do help,” said Dr. Sean Murphy from Murphy Chiropractic’s in Carleton Place. Murphy Chiropractic’s has been a drop-off destination for donated winter hats, mittens and scarves for the last 13 years. The winter items are packed into the Christmas baskets. The office usually starts accepting donations at the end of October.

“Sometimes the Christmas Basket gets a last minute call on Christmas Eve so it’s really important that we start early to make sure we have enough for everyone in need,” Murphy said. “I think it’s a success because giving makes you feel good, it’s healthy for everyone involved.” Murphy said. “People are more willing to give at this time of year.”

“Ray always donates a lot which is very helpful,” said Drummond, talking about Ray MacLaren, the manager of the Carleton Place Giant Tiger.

Donated hats, mittens and scarves must be new. Handmade is accepted.

For more information about Christmas Baskets, contact Wayne Drummond at wdrumm9@gmail.com.

Photo by Jane Hobson
Dr. Sean Murphy (bottom left) poses for a photo with Wayne Drummond (middle) and Ray MacLaren (top right) with other chiropractic employees in front of a box of donated winter clothing on Oct. 24, 2016. Murphy Chiropractic in Carleton Place has been helping Carleton Place Christmas Basket collect winter items for 13 years.

Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Submitted
editiorial@pdgmedia.ca

Across Canada, one in 10 people do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week.
Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six per cent of those people are children and over 8 per cent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the purchase of perishables such as milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese and meat.

The event will be held on Sept.19, Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the community kitchen, upstairs at Mitchell’s Independent Grocer (455 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place). Each night a different well-known area chef will be performing.

Each chef will “shop” at the Food Bank two hours before heading to the test kitchen. The chef will only be allowed to select the quantity and type of items that are allowed for a family of four. Each chef will receive one pound of meat for the entrée and some fresh produce (if available).

The challenge is to create a three-course meal (and anything else they choose) in the time allotted, using the ingredients from the food bank.

Come find out how to use basic, simple ingredients to create a tasty, amazing meal. Learn cheats, substitutions, and innovative ways to stretch your grocery dollar. Audience interaction is encouraged.

On Sept. 19, Roger Weldon from Generations Inn in Beckwith will be taking the spotlight, with Rob Slack from Slackoni’s in Carleton Place on Sept. 20, and Wendy Barbaro from Mill Street Crepe Company in Almonte on Sept. 21.

Admission by monetary donation.

The Hunger Stop is also running an online silent auction. Please check out the list of auction items at http://bit.ly/2bbiY5a and place a bid.

Winners can collect their items from the Hunger Stop at 5 Allan St in Carleton Place the week of Sept.26 during open hours. Smaller Items can be shipped for additional cost – larger items must be picked up. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque (made out to Lanark County Food Bank), or via secure online payment using PayPal (account not required). Items will be available for viewing starting Sept. 5.
The Hunger Stop greatly appreciates the support of Mitchell’s Independent Grocer for the use of their kitchen and their support.

family-of-4-1

Photo Credits: Submitted

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