Volunteers and Donors Make Food Banks Possible: Hughes

Ottawa – Volunteers are the straw that stirs the drink when it comes to combating hunger in Canada, Carol Hughes told the House of Commons today.  The MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing was drawing attention to people whose hard work is on the front-line in the ongoing battle against hunger.

Hughes pointed out that hunger is a pan-Canadian problem with half of Canada’s food banks being located in rural Canada. 

She praised the work being done through special events like Moose FM’s upcoming Radiothon that will help stock the shelves at the Elliot Lake Emergency Food Bank, and compared this to the misguided spending the government is undertaking for high-priced downsizing consultants

“While this government dishes out $90,000 a day to high-price consultants, volunteers and organizations are soliciting donations to fight hunger in their communities,” Hughes told the Commons.

Bringing the attention back to those she is commending, Hughes showed that the hard work of volunteers, organizations and those who donate to this cause will not go unnoticed by their Member of Parliament and asked all parliamentarians to join her in thanking them.

“Whether it is organizations such as Moose FM in Elliot Lake and Kapuskasing,  Jane’s Pantry in Iron Bridge,  Iris House in Wawa, Le Samaritin du Nord in Hearst, Manitoulin Help Centre, or all those who donate, these people deserve recognition for their dedication to fighting hunger,” concluded Hughes.