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Blues for Food critical for the Sudbury Food Bank

Food bank reserves very low ahead of annual fundraising event

The annual Downtown Rotary Blues for Food event to support the Sudbury Food Bank may be more important than ever this year due to very low supplies this summer.

“This year we're severely down, compared to normal,” said Dan Xilon, executive director of the Sudbury Food Bank. “For this year the food we get from Blues for Food will be used almost immediately because we literally have nothing left.”

The annual Blues for Food event started 26 years ago to help replenish the food bank during the slower summer months. 

“People tend to not be as aware of the food bank in the summer,” Xilon said.

But the Sudbury Food Bank operates all year and the need for its services continue throughout the summer, Xilon added. 

The fundraiser will take place Saturday, June 11, on Durham Street, between Elgin and Larch Streets. 

Nine local bands will perform throughout the day, starting with Dr. Tom and the Travelin' Medicine Show at 11 a.m. and ending with the 10-piece Bluez Brotherz Showband and Revue at 7:15 p.m.

Admission to Blues for Food is free, but donations to the Sudbury Food Bank – either non-perishable food items or cash donations – are encouraged. 

Before the weekend festivities the Coulson/Nightclub will host a free concert, also featuring the Bluez Brotherz Showband and Revue, to raise funds for the Sudbury Food Bank.

The Blues for Food Kickoff Party starts Thursday, June 9, at 10 p.m.


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