WATERLOO, Ont. (November 3, 2011) - On Wednesday evening, the Wilfrid Laurier Mens Baseball team put down their bats and gloves in an effort to give back to the community.
14 players, a trainer and Coach Ballantyne volunteered their time at the Waterloo Region Food Bank. The players sorted food that had been donated by members of the community.
Its important for our student-athletes to take the time out of their schedules to give back to the community that they live in, commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. I know our guys really enjoyed the experience and felt a sense of personal fulfillment by donating their time to help such a worthy cause.
The Golden Hawks finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 21-12, the most successful season in school history.
About the Region of Waterloo Food Bank: http://www.thefoodbank.ca/en/index.asp
The Food Bank was initiated in 1982 when the recession began to take its toll on our community. Local non-profit organizations such as the House of Friendship, Salvation Army, Anselma House and St. John's Soup Kitchen were faced with unprecedented requests for food.
After several community meetings these non-profit groups decided to work on forming a "Food Bank". They thought a system could be initiated to access the vast amounts of food discarded by the food industry every day. Perfectly good food was being discarded due to overproduction, mislabeling, damaged packaging or approaching expiry dates. These groups believed that if the food could be picked up, it could be passed on to the relief agencies, which would in turn distribute the food to the people who needed it.
The community response to this initiative was encouraging. Many local food suppliers were willing to see their products go to a worthy cause rather than be wasted. The non-profit groups were able to spend less time and resources searching for food donations and were able to focus their energy on program delivery and prevention. And community volunteers came forward in abundance.
Shortly thereafter, in 1984, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region was founded as a non-profit, registered charitable organization.