BRANTFORD – With many residents of Brantford struggling to put food on the table for their families, affiliates of the Brantford and District Labour Council are providing community support by hosting, “Labour Cares – a Community Food Sharing Event.” On Saturday, November 8th from 11am to 1pm at St. Andrews Church, local produce and baked goods will be distributed to all those who feel the need to supplement their food supply this month. Education sector workers, made up of GEETF Elementary Teachers, OSSTF Secondary Teachers, and CUPE 5100 Educational Support Staff, are giving of their time and money to make this happen. The BDLC and CUPE 181 are also contributing.
“Hunger and proper nutrition are not always visible issues but the struggles faced by students experiencing food insecurity are evident in our schools. Students can’t concentrate on learning without adequate nutrition,” explains Donna Howey, President of the Grand Erie Elementary Teachers’ Federation.
Brantford community agencies had a tradition of hosting a similar event called, “Harvest Noon.” When that event couldn’t be continued this year, the elementary teachers reached out to the members of the Brantford and District Labour Council to carry on the tradition in another format. They responded with enthusiasm for this worthwhile cause.
Former Harvest Noon Coordinator, Carrie Sinkowski, said, “I am happy to see Harvest Noon reincarnated. It was a tough decision to cancel it this year. Thank you for carrying it on with new life!”