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Canada Food donations poured in for "June 27th Miracle" food drive

04:31  28 june  2020
04:31  28 june  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Following a successful food drive that collected almost 700,000 pounds of food for Chatham-Kent food banks, organizers of the June 27 th Miracle project are looking to do even better in Essex County. The volunteer-led food drive will collect non-perishable food donations from households across the

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A massive food drive swept across the entire Windsor-Essex County region Saturday as the "June 27th Miracle" took place. Volunteers collected goods and dropped them off at various spots around the region. Larger organizations also dropped off large truckloads of food.

"I think we blew miracle out of the water a couple of hours ago," Valerie Critchley said as she worked offloading cargo trucks behind the WFCU centre.

"I mean the response is incredible."

Volunteers had blanketed the region's streets with miracle signs in the days and weeks leading up to the event. There have been over 30 thousand visits to Windsor-Essex food banks since the lockdown caused by COVID-19 began, according to the event's organizers.  People were asked to leave non-perishable food items on their front steps to help keep local organizations stocked.

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Painting signs for the June 27 th Miracle in Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Volunteers hoping to break the world record for largest food drive are ready to spread the word across the area. The event will collect non-perishable donations for the foodbank, from residents' doorsteps.

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A batallion of 10,000 volunteers blanketed the streets today picking them off and processing them at various drop points around the city.

"We're actually having many sites contacting us saying we need more boxes, we need more crates, we need more pallets," organizer Mark Jones said. "It's a good problem to have."

The event dubbed as a grass roots initiative was organized by a group of residents, community leaders and local businesses but the website read "the entire community will be part of making this miracle happen."

"You never know when you're going to need it and it's great to help others as well," Veronica Cardoso, who was out with her family collecting food in South Windsor zone, said.

a group of people in a car: Veronica Cardoso were out collecting goods in South Windsor in their decked out jeep and trailer. © Jacob Barker/CBC Veronica Cardoso were out collecting goods in South Windsor in their decked out jeep and trailer.

Over 75 local food banks and organizations will benefit from the drive.

"We have an amazing giving community," Linda Davidson, the co-ordinator at the Unemployed Help Centre, said.

"When we say that there's a need - it's filled."

How a retired Mountie found a new beat working with food banks .
As a police officer, Paddy McNeil was used to putting a lot of kilometres on his patrol car. During the pandemic, the retired member of the RCMP shifted gears to rack up the mileage on his own vehicle — on the lookout not for lawbreakers, but in hot pursuit of food bank donations. Now, after 14 weeks, McNeil has brought a halt to his food bank pickup service in his hometown of Pasadena, N.L., at least for now. Once COVID-19 arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador in March, McNeil, who retired from the RCMP in 2009, saw a need to keep his local food bank operational, as he knew that most donations had previously come in through churches, which were forced to shut down.

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