OFC Panthers tackle hunger with Fill the Bus effort

panthers_ofcSaturday and Sunday (July 4-5), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. has been targeted as the main push for the Hamilton Wentworth Panthers’ food drive.

On both dates, First Student Canada Buses has challenged the Panther supporters to Fill The Bus with food for Hamilton Food Share. All food collected will be included in the Purolator Tackle Hunger program at the Tiger-Cat Labour Day game.

As an added bonus, for every item of non-perishable food donated, donors will receive a ballot to win A Day with the Grey Cup Trophy (some restrictions apply) courtesy of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in Hamilton.

Envelopes will also be handed out to the kids to collect monetary donations to help the cause. Every $1 donated buys $ 10 worth of food.

The Panthers minor football organization reminds everyone that supporting this food drive helps people and families in need in our community. The Panthers have set a target of raising more than 5,000 pounds of food this season.

Some hunger facts, provided by Hamilton Food Share include:

  • 15,748 people per month turn to a food bank in Hamilton.
  • 6,324 (40%) are children under the age of 18.
  • 5.3% are over the age of 65.
  • 31.8% are single parent families.
  • 20.8% are dual parent families.

Area food banks are reporting a 20% increase in people using the service and the number is expected to increase over the next few months with more people needing help to feed their families.