On Wednesday, March 29, volunteers from the Sydenham Food Bank will be hosting a spaghetti dinner for the community, to help raise funds for the food bank.
The Community Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 29th, at Grace Hall, 4295 Stage Coach Road in Sydenham. Tickets are on sale now, at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and are available at Southern Frontenac Community Services office, and are being sold by food bank volunteers.
“We wanted to do something fun for the community,” says Janet McComb, a food bank volunteer, “so we thought a pasta dinner would be a simple, good idea.” The dinner includes choice of spaghetti or penne, meat or marinara sauce, salad, bread, desserts and beverages. Says McComb: “We’ll even have take-out available so you can take the night off from cooking.”
As well as being a low-key night out, the Spaghetti Dinner is a way to raise profile and funds for the food bank. Food Bank Coordinator Vicki England says; “the food bank serves about 50 families each month. Our community is terrific at supporting it with donations and food drives. But there are other costs to operate the food bank.” Funds raised from the dinner will be put towards construction of an accessible ramp.
“One of the big challenges we have now that the food bank has moved to its new location at the Grace Centre site, is having an accessible entrance to allow clients and volunteers with physical barriers the ability to access the service. A ramp is also helpful for loading food donations,” says England.
The cost for constructing a ramp is estimated to be at least $10,000. “This event will help us raise some money, and we’ll have a 50-50 draw as well. It’s a start,” says McComb, “we hope that everyone will come out and just enjoy themselves.”