Back Alley Cruisers support the food bank

By Bradford Times Staff

Over 700 classic, custom and antique cars and trucks, muscle cars, cruisers,  motorcycles, street rods and rat rods turned out for the annual Bradford Back Alley Cruisers' “Pre-Snow Show” at the Georgian Bay Steam Show grounds in Cookstown.

The turn-out made it one of the best shows in years, not only in number of participants and the range of vehicles on display, but as a fundraiser for the local Helping Hand Food Bank.

Admission was a donation of non-perishable food, and, noted organizer Gord Houston, “everything we make goes to the food bank” - including the proceeds of a bake sale, and raffles.

Last year's show raised approximately $2,500 in cash and two truckloads of food. “We're going to do a lot better this year,” predicted Houston – and he was right.

By the end of the day, the event had raised just shy of $5,600, after expenses, and collected so much food that it overwhelmed the shelves at the Helping Hand, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

“There must have been one and a half tonnes of food brought to the food bank,” said Food Bank president Anne Silvey later that afternoon. “We filled 6 of those large wire crates on wheels as well as a mountain of boxes stacked on the floor.

“We are so blessed to have groups like this consider it a privilege to help us.”

The Helping Hand Food Bank, located at 123 Moore St. in Bradford,   is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information see or call 905-775-2824.