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Imperial Sarnia people make the difference for local food bank

The involvement of Imperial Sarnia volunteers is as meaningful for The Inn of the Good Shepherd as the company’s financial support and it resulted in The Inn recognizing Imperial with the Caring Hands award at its 2015 annual general meeting.

The Inn serves the working poor, the unemployed and the homeless in the Sarnia-Lambton area at the southern tip of Lake Huron in southwest Ontario with a food bank, soup kitchen, emergency shelters, kids’ summer camp and a variety of other programs.

“The depth and breadth of Imperial’s support made it worthy of this award, but also we just really have fun with this relationship,” says Myles Vanni, Executive Director of The Inn.

Imperial supports a number of programs at The Inn through donations, while teams of employees and retirees regularly volunteer to cook and serve in the soup kitchen as well as at The Inn’s family Christmas dinner which Imperial is the lead sponsor of, providing food, gifts and door prizes.

Imperial also participated in the annual CANstruction food drive event where teams design and build creative structures out of food cans. Since 2012, Imperial Sarnia has contributed $38,500 in canned goods and donations to The Inn through CANstruction. And in 2015, Imperial’s team won the people’s choice award for its depiction of Olaf from the movie Frozen, made entirely from cans.

“That level of volunteerism, where it’s really hands on, makes us stronger and more compassionate as a community,” says Vanni. “We know Imperial people have our back.”