Equipment Helping Gleaners Feed The Hungry

The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners hold their second annual spring fundraiser at Colasanti's Tropical Gardens in Kingsville, April 25, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Black)

The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners is celebrating the spring processing season and the installation of new food processing equipment at its second annual spring fundraiser.

The fundraiser was held on Friday at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Kingsville and Tina Quiring, treasurer for the Southwestern Ontario Gleaners, says her organization hoped to raise close to $30,000 at the event. Quiring says some of the money raised will go towards helping to pay for the newly purchased automated processing equipment and a 42 ft gas food dehydrator. The equipment will enable the group to supply increased amounts of free dehydrated soup mix and fruit to those in need.

“If you’re working for minimum wage, it’s really difficult to make a living and make ends meet,” says Quiring. “Our hope is to make smaller packages, so if the pay cheque doesn’t last until Friday, on Thursday morning they can get out a bag of dehydrated vegetables, hydrate them, and have a nutritious meal.”

The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners has well over 200 volunteer members members who help meet the needs of local food banks, community partners, and nutrition programs. The group, which is based out of Leamington, also provides food to those in need nationally and internationally.