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Food donations appeal starts today

Make Hunger History Week starts today, with 85 organisations around Bermuda now collecting food for the Eliza Dolittle Society’s Daily Bread Programme.

Executive director Margaret Ward said the food programme, which started a year ago in a bid to spread out food distribution to areas outside Hamilton, has seen an increasing need from under-employed rather than jobless Bermudians.

“There are more people who are unemployed, but I personally feel there are more and more people who have jobs that aren’t paying enough, or that don’t give them enough hours,” she said.

“There are young men who have no income during periods when their jobs aren’t offering much work, and those are the ones we’re getting more of. They’re people who haven’t been able to make enough to save anything, so when they’re not working, they have nothing at all. There are families trying to juggle everything between rent and food and school uniforms who are stretched too far.”

She estimated the average age of people using food centres as 25 to 35.

The Daily Bread Programme is based on a Toronto scheme called Second Harvest, as well as the Bahamian programme Hands for Hunger.

With more than 10,000 pounds of food donated over the past year, the programme has benefited in particular from donors Buzz and Hunts Food and Supplies.

Public drop-offs can be made at all MarketPlace stories, all post offices and all White’s Supermarkets.

The Royal Gazette is among the other locations collecting food. To order a collection box, call 333-4483.

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Published September 26, 2011 at 10:38 am (Updated September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am)

Food donations appeal starts today

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