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groupThe Living Hope Food Basket received funds raised from the December Five Buck Food Drive, January 4. From left, Living Hope’s Trish Verburg, Food Basket Coordinator John Van Berlo, Andrew Woodley of Outlaw Brew Co., Food Basket volunteer Greg Dailey of the Wismer House, Jeff Carver of the Wismer House, Lorne Lazenby of 7ACRES and Gord Lamont representing Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.

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Proceeds from December’s Five Buck Food Drive were donated to the Living Hope Christian Centre’s Food Basket January 4 at the place of worship located in the Maple Square Mall.

In total $2,800 was raised from the raffle that featured Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, Saugeen Shores Winterhawks tickets, and prizes from Food Drive partners The Wismer House, 7ACRES, Outlaw Brew Co., and the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.

Coordinator John Van Berlo said the Living Hope Food Basket generally feeds 70 people a month and is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12 to 3 p.m., and can also deliver to those in need. Van Berlo said that the donation will help alleviate the pressures during the upcoming slow months, as people generally donate during the Christmas season.

Van Berlo said that everyone is welcome to donate non-perishable food or essential items to the church that holds a free spaghetti dinner each Monday from Fall through to Spring. The weekly meals have been happening at Living Hope for 16 years and got their start under Pastor Bob Cotie.

A special dinner will be held on Monday, January 29 at 5 p.m. in honour of Cotie’s retirement.

John Van Berlo Living HopeLiving Hope Food Basket Coordinator John Van Berlo inside the Food Basket’s supply room January 4 in Maple Square Mall.

breadVolunteers and good samaritans supply the food bank with many food items.

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