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Group seeks support to serve up 100 Christmas dinner meal boxes

'We are planning to do 100 Christmas dinner meal boxes this year,' said Fresh Food Weekly founder Leah Dyck who is hoping to raise $5,000 for the program

With Christmas less than a month away, Leah Dyck and her merry band of volunteers are hard at work putting together food boxes to help out those in need over the holidays.

“We are planning to do 100 Christmas dinner meal boxes this year,” said the Fresh Food Weekly founder. "They’re $50 each, so we are hoping to raise $5,000 in time for the Dec. 19 delivery day.”

The boxes, she noted, will include a turkey, a dozen farm fresh eggs, a wedge of premium Dutch mild Gouda cheese, one pound of butter, milk, eggnog, Stove Top stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, bread and rolls, a box of clementines, a variety of fresh vegetables, apple pie, Portuguese pastries and/or butter tarts, muesli morning rounds and gluten-free pasta.

Continental Specialties, a ​​Dutch store in downtown Barrie, is donating eight cheese wheels worth over $2,000 to the program, she noted, adding the Lisle chapter of the Ghost Riders Riding Club will be presenting the program with a $500 donation this weekend.

“They raised the $500 through a charity poker game they did in the summer,” she added, noting the funds will be used to support the Christmas Food Boxes.

“If we can raise $10,000 or more we’ll do more than 100 meal boxes for Christmas,” she noted, adding anything in excess will be used to support the program in the new year. “I anticipate fundraising to really slow down in January."

For more information, or to support a local family in need visit www.freshfoodweekly.com or email leah.dyck@icloud.com