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Going hungry in Mount Forest

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the excellent article by Francis Baker, Going hungry in Canada (Editorial, The Confederate, Nov. 7)

This story is very true for Mount Forest. Of course poverty is not merely a matter of a lack of money. Some people have grown up without the resources to be able to deal with life in a healthy and positive way. A lot of people are in the situation they are, through no fault of their own. Regardless of how they got there, helping is always possible.

We have many groups and individuals who are supportive of those in need. More of us could be. The community pantry (food bank) assists many people and families monthly. At St Andrew’s we began “the Father’s table”, a once-a-month meal, free of charge, to anyone who wants to come, whether they are looking for a social time, a good meal, or help with extra food. The United church puts on a similar meal every other month. There is room for other groups to do the same, coordinated with the groups currently helping.

The Christmas hamper campaign is underway for the coming season, but people need help all year round. The question to ask ourselves is: what can I do? How can I help someone in need? Out of a loving and giving heart, most of us could do more. There is room for much more to be done in this community to make lives beter. But will we?

Nan St Louis

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