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CBC Sudbury's Sounds Of the Season highlights importance of local food bank

CBC Sudbury's 2016 Sounds Of the Season is live from the Sudbury Food Bank Friday, to collect donations for, and raise awareness of, the need for food to help the less fortunate.

Sudbury food bank took in fewer donations this year than usual

CBC Sudbury invited the public to drop by the Sudbury Food Bank 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Friday December 9th for the annual Sounds of the Season fundraising event. (Martha Dillman / CBC)

CBC Sudbury's 2016 Sounds Of the Season is live from the Sudbury Food Bank Friday, to collect donations for, and raise awareness of, the need for food to help the less fortunate.

Markus Schwabe and the Morning North crew, including newsreader Martha Dillman, associate producer-technician Roger Corriveau, reporter Erik White and producer Jan Lakes, broadcast the first live two and a half hour special from the food bank warehouse floor in the morning.

Dozens of rows of empty crates tower up to the ceiling of the warehouse, where demand is high, but donations aren't coming in at as quick of a pace as officials would like at this time of year.

In addition, the food bank usually gets enough donations in the summer to feed people throughout the holiday season, according to Dan Xilon, the facility's executive director, but that did not happen this year.

Dan Xilon is the executive director of the Sudbury Food Bank. (CBC)
The special broadcast of Morning North featured a theme of seasonal foods and traditions we enjoy in our region year after year. The audience was also treated to a speciality foods, including Syrian, Filipino and Italian delicacies.

Listeners also got to experience a vast array of musical entertainment, choirs and bands.

Food bank officials told CBC they especially need non-perishable protein items, such as tuna, peanut butter and baby food, as well as money and household items, like diapers, toilet paper and toothpaste. 

By the conclusion of the morning show just after 8:30 a.m., the food bank had about 400 pounds of new donations of food and almost $4,000 in cash, brought in by generous listeners.

Sounds Of the Season doesn't end with the conclusion of Morning North, as CBC's Radio One afternoon show for northern Ontario, Up North, will broadcast from the food bank warehouse Friday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Host Jason Turnbull, AP-tech Marina von Stackelberg and newsreader Angela Gemmill will be live, with cut-ins from our colleagues in Thunder Bay.

Sudbury area residents came down to the Sudbury Food Bank on Friday to hep CBC's Sounds Of the Season raise money and donations for the facility. (CBC)

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