Annual Build A Mountain of Food

Food Drive Blitz Campaign

Wednesday, October 8, 2014: The Town and Country Chrysler/Lake 88.1 Radio, Build a Mountain of Food 2014 Campaign is about to launch throughout the Region. Town and Country Chrysler and Lake 88.1 Radio have joined forces to support area food banks to assist in filling food bank shelves this holiday season.

Again this year, the Build a Mountain of Food Campaign will cover 11 local towns and communities. Our food drive this year will include Perth, Lanark, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Westport, Portland, Delta, Merrickville, Athens and Elgin.
A number of food blitz days are scheduled at area grocery store locations to help Build a Mountain of Food. Town and Country Chrysler will be on hand with Dodge Grand Caravans, asking you to Ram the Van with Food to support the growing need at all of our area food banks.

As well, Lake 88.1 Radio will be airing on-going promotional announcements and live reports from all the food blitz locations, as we work together with the many food bank volunteers to gather, separate and organize the Mountain of Food donations we are expecting to receive again this year.

The statistics of usage at area food banks continue to grow. The latest report from Ontario food banks shows that the number of rural families requiring food bank assistance is increasing. Between four to Nothing great was five out of ten of these people are children.

"Nothing Great Was Ever Achieved Without Enthusiasm"

Build a Mountain of Food Kicks Of November 8th 2014!!!
Saturday November 8th

Carleton Place: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Steve's Your Independent Grocer, Freshco and Giant Tiger

Almonte: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Patrice's Your Independent Grocer
All donations to the Lanark County Food Bank

Update: Wow! As usual, Almonte and Carleton Place gave us a fantastic start to the Build a Mountain of Food campaign! The generosity of our grocery partners, amazing volunteers, and everyone who donated helped us kick off the campaign in a most positive way! All together, we collected 17,353 lbs. of food, and $3,318.36 in cash! Thanks so much!!

Saturday November 15th

Perth: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Brownlee's Metro, Barnabe's Your Independent Grocer, 
Foodsmiths, and Giant Tiger, in support of the Perth Good Food Bank

Lanark: 9:00 AM until Noon

Lanark Highlands Thrift Store, in support of the Lanark Highlands Food Pantry.

Update: What a day! Following our great start in Almonte and Carleton Place, Perth and Lanark really kept the ball rolling with an awesome day! So many great people came together to make this happen, and you can all be really proud! In Lanark, we collected 2,185 lbs. of food, and $4,357.92 in cash donations. In Perth, a whopping 33,966 lbs. of food, and $9,085.82 in cash!! Thank you all so much!

Saturday November 22nd

Smiths Falls: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Andress' Your Independent Grocer, Food Basics, Giant Tiger and Garden Market, in support of the Smiths Falls & District Community Food Bank.

Update: Way to go Smiths Falls!! Another record-breaking day for Build a Mountain of Food, and it's thanks to you, Smiths Falls! We were blown away by the generosity of our grocery store partners this year, and by all of those of you who came by and helped out by giving us your food and cash donations. Check this out: 53,984 lbs. of food, and $9,369.92 in cash donations!! So proud of our community, and our volunteers! Amazing!! Looking forward to next week in Westport and Elgin. Thank you all again so much!

Saturday November 29th

Westport: 9:00 AM until Noon

Kudrinko's, in support of the Westport Food Bank

Elgin: 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Gordanier Fresh Mart, in support of the Elgin Food Bank.

Update: We continue to be overwhelmed by the amazing generosity shown to us by our volunteers, our grocery partners, and by you for your donations of time, money, and food! Another great week for Build a Mountain of Food! We collected 585 lbs. of food, and $6,319.32 in cash donations in Westport, and 765 lbs. of food and $6,483.92 in cash donations in Elgin! Looking forward to next week in Portland and Merrickville. Thank you all again so much!

Saturday December 6th

Portland: 9:00 AM until Noon

Portland Food Market, in support of the Portland Food Bank

Merrickville: 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Merrickville Food Market, in support of the Merrickville Lions Club Christmas Food Hamper Campaign.

Update: Another week, another record broken! Portland and Merrickville really came through, and the folks from Portland were AMAZING! We've never seen the van that full! Thanks to everyone involved, we collected 2,035 lbs. of food and 3,629.57 in cash donations in Portland, and then in Merrickville, we collected 819 lbs. of food and $426.97 in cash donations. Thank you all, and see you next week in Athens and Delta!

Saturday December 13th

Athens: 9:00 AM until Noon

Freshmart, in support of the Athens Food Bank

Delta: 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Delta Country Market, in support of the Delta Food Bank

Update: What a way to wrap up a successful Build a Mountain of Food Campaign for 2014! Athens and Delta came through once again with 1,161 lbs. of food and 3,871.13 in cash donations in Athens, and then in Delta, we collected 660 lbs. of food and $2,632.92 in cash donations. We can't say thank you enough to all of you for making this happen ... we did this together!!

All in all, we've collected 124,903 lbs. of food, and $51,118.85 in cash donations, with more to come! Wow!! Thank you all again!