The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Euphrosyne Chapter #292 of Ottawa, Canada, at #13 Ottawa Food Bank - May 10, 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of DOP)
OTTAWA, Canada – The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Euphrosyne Chapter #292 of Ottawa, Canada, completed their 35th sorting shift at the Ottawa Food Bank on October 7.
With the support of their AHEPA Family, family and friends, they have made great contributions to the Ottawa community via the Food Bank over the years. Their volunteers range from 14 to 85 years old and every single one of them is exceptional.
The Ottawa DOP started their mission to help the Ottawa community on April 15, 2015 and have put in 387 volunteer hours to date. With the combination of labor and donations they have contributed over $13,000 to the Food Bank.
Their goal at every shift is to sort and package the food which is received from the community and corporate and food industry partners into roughly 30 different categories.
The food sorting section of the warehouse is completely volunteer run. The volunteers are trained to look at the condition of the donations as well as the expiration/best before dates to ensure only safe products get into the hands of our neighbors in need. The food is then shipped to the 112 agencies in Ottawa which helps feed over 44,000 people each month. Unfortunately, 36% of the people served each month are children under 17.
The chapter said in a statement via email: “We continue to work carefully through this COVID period and are proud of being able to do so. We are committed to regular shifts every first Friday morning of the month and look forward to achieving our next goal of 50 shifts and so on!”
“With the increase in demand at all Food Banks we encourage all our Brothers and Sisters to support their local Food Banks,” the chapter statement concluded.
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