The meeting point for volunteers working on the Muskoka Oldtimers Fall Food Drive has changed due to school closures involved in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) strike expected to start next week.
Volunteers for the food drive benefiting Manna Food Bank are being asked to meet at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds at 331 Fraserburg Road at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. CUPE provided notice on Oct. 2 that about 55,000 education workers will strike starting Monday, Oct. 7 if they are unable to reach an agreement with the province. All schools in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) are scheduled to be closed, which led the food drive organizers’ permit for use of the Monck Public School gym as a meeting point to be cancelled.
Organizer Doug Kamachi said that the volunteers will meet at the fairgrounds even if the strike doesn’t happen, adding that it’s business as usual for the food drive itself. Bracebridge residents are asked to gather non-perishable food items and set them outside their doors by 5 p.m. Bracebridge students will be going door-to-door that evening to collect food and financial donations.
For more information about the food drive, visit the Manna Food Bank website. If you have questions, contact the food bank at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voicemail at 705-646-0114.