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Two non-profit agencies helped by food-related fundraisers

Tim's famous Chili


A pair of local non-profit agencies were given a financial boost last week thanks to a pair of separate fundraisers.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) were the recipients of “a good amount” of non-perishable food items, including over 100 boxes of cereal from Sobeys, as well as $1,360 cash as a result of the “Give Back” pasta fundraiser last Thursday evening at Wolfhead Distillery. People could bring $20 or a bag of non-perishable food items and receive a pasta dinner.

ACS Pasta Fundraiser

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Wolfhead Distillery for their unwavering and ongoing support. Their commitment to giving back to the community through initiatives like the ‘Give Back’ pasta fundraiser exemplifies their dedication to making a positive difference,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “We are truly honored to have been included in this endeavor.

The non-perishable donations received are immensely valuable, providing essential support to those in need, while the cash contributions enable us to purchase additional necessities.”

For anyone requiring assistance from the ACS food bank, DiBartolomeo urges people not hesitate to reach out by calling their office at 519-736-5471.

“We stand ready and eager to lend a helping hand to those in need,” said DiBartolomeo.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship was busy last Friday night for their semi-regular chili fundraiser, featuring three different types of chili prepared by mission president Tim McAllister.

“It’s a combination,” said McAllister, explaining he made mild, spicy and vegetarian varieties.

McAllister said people didn’t just have to eat one bowl but could return for seconds (or thirds) if they so chose. Last Friday’s event was a make-up date for the meal that was cancelled when he had to go to Barbados for a family emergency.’

The chili is popular to the point to where people are encouraging McAllister to freeze it and sell it at points rather than wait for a chili dinner to be set up.

As for why his chili is so popular, McAllister said his recipe will remain with him and will eventually be passed down to sons Winston and Paul. He did reveal it was created over a number of years, as he experimented and arrived at his recipe.

“I’ve been cooking for over 20 years,” he said. “It wasn’t an overnight thing. I do it with joy. Everything I do for the people is with joy.”

The chili dinner saw 99 adult tickets sold and three kids tickets. They made a profit of over $1,600.

“On behalf of the board of directors and the volunteers at Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, we thank the community for the great turn out at Friday night’s chili dinner fundraiser. We also thank the local businesses who offered their support with gifts in kind,” said McAllister.

McAllister said he recently turned 69-years-old and being president of the mission wasn’t originally in his plans for his life. When injured by an impaired driver, his life changed, and he began his journey with the mission.

For information on the mission, call 519-736-9140 or visit

By Ron Giofu

Two non-profit agencies helped by food-related fundraisers


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