NVATVC 2nd Annual Food Drive

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On Saturday, March 2, 2024, 111 ATV enthusiasts from near and far came together for the NVATVC 2nd Annual Food Drive in Support of the Community Food Share. The day began with registration at the North Dundas District High School, a silent auction and food and cash donations directly to the Community Food Share.

Last year had participants playing in 30 cm of fresh snow, where this year had a completely different style of weather conditions, with unseasonably warm weather meaning a much more wet and muddy adventure for the day!

The ride involved a 100 km tour of the Nation Valley ATV Club’s trail‐system. Some trails had to be bypassed this year due to weather conditions, but still lots of trails were hit. A BBQ lunch was served by Mountain Fire Department volunteers at their hall in South Mountain. After lunch, participants continued their tour around the system. The trail ride had its ups and downs due to the warm weather and poor ice conditions. However, with help from the trail warden volunteers, no person was left behind!

Back at North Dundas District High School, everyone was treated to a buffet dinner by Leatherworks Catering and the culmination of the silent auction and prize draws! Participants brought in 175 pounds of food with a cash value of $612.50 and $403.00 in direct cash donations to the Community Food Share.

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, landowners, and participants, we were able to raise $14,643.53 for the Community Food Share. Event Co‐Chair Gerard Savoie had this to say, “This event went as smoothly as we could have hoped with the weather conditions, our second kick at an event supporting the Community Food Share. Our community businesses and sponsors came out in spades to support this event for such a worthy cause. The events committee is proud to say we came within $120 of what we raised last year, and look forward to trying to beat that in 2025!”

Community Food Share started out as a smaller Dundas Food Bank in 1991, and since expanded its scope to offer a wide range of services. Community Food Share continues to develop and offer new services that provide clients a variety of supports to put more nutritional food on their tables.

Community Food Share’s other services include tax prep assistance, community gardens, community advocate, growing futures, and partnering with the North Dundas Christmas Fund, South Dundas Christmas Exchange, and Heat for the Holidays. For more information on how Community Food Share assists in our community please check out https://www.communityfoodshare.ca/.

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