It may not have been Christmas or Easter or a celebration of a birthday, but local residents sat down at a big table to enjoy a meal with many others last week, many others they didn’t know. The President’s Choice Eat Together Day did just that, brought the community together to eat and enjoy the company.
“It’s really about people just connecting over food and a meal,” said Tony Weatherby, New Glasgow store manager. According to research, approximately 67 per cent of Canadians eat alone; the goal of Eat Together Day is to combat isolation and loneliness. Along with hosting Eat Together Day, the staff also made their way to New Glasgow Academy and fed breakfast to children at the school as part of their campaign.
The barbecue outside Superstore for the main event last Friday was the second annual and is an event that takes place at stores right across Canada.
“Last year we cooked over 1,000 hot dogs, this year they think they will surpass that,” said Weatherby. Those facing social isolation and loneliness were not the only ones that got a helping hand at the event. Organizers accepted donations at the event for Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help them continue the work MADD does against impaired driving.
“It means the world to us,” said Joy Polley, of the MADD Pictou County chapter. The money donated by the public at the event goes toward helping the group train people and spread education and awareness around impaired driving.
“It ties in very well with MADD because if you lose someone you lose your family, you might have to eat alone,” she said.
Tessa Whyte enjoys some watermelon at the Superstore during the Eat Together Day celebrations. (Brimicombe photo)