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The Port Stanley and District Leo Club makes a $200 donation to
the Port Stanley Food Bank. L-R: Leo Julia Amodeo, Leo Tina Timmons,
Food Bank organizer Kelly Palmer, Leo President Jaime McAdams,
Leo Secretary Amanda Simpson.

It's a situation that would be all too familiar to Old Mother Hubbard. The cupboards at the Port Stanley Food Bank, operating out of the basement of the Port Stanley Anglican Church, are bare - relatively speaking, anyway.

According to food bank organizer Kelly Palmer, a huge increase in utilization has left the food bank's supply of the most popular and frequently used items, severely depleted. "This past month, we had twenty-six families use the food bank, representing more than fifty individual people," says Palmer. This number is up from only seventeen families last month - a 50% increase.

Not a group to let such a need go unaddressed, the Port Stanley and District Leo Club, upon hearing of the situation, immediately decided to take action. But what action to take?

Says Leo President Jaime McAdams, "We discussed whether to donate our time or money. We would all like to donate our time and organize a proper food drive, but with exams looming, it just isn't an option right now. So we looked to our finances instead..." Ultimately, the group decided on a two-pronged approach: a cash donation for now, and a fundraising/food drive community event to be planned for the fall when the group resumes meetings.

Anyone interested in donating to the Port Stanley Food Bank can contact Kelly Palmer at 519-702-7039, or Mark and Sue Trowman at the Bluffs Golf Club at 519-782-3968.

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Leo can contact Lion Rick Nemett at 519-661-6825 or The Leos are a Lions-Sponsored service group for youth ages 12-20 and meet the first and third Thursday each month at the St. Joseph's High School library from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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