LOCAL FOOD BANKS ASSISTING MANY IN CITY
By Kirk Winter
It is hard to believe that in one of the wealthiest nations in the world people are going hungry on a daily basis. According to Global News, in 2014, almost 14 million visits were made to food banks across Canada. In that same year, almost a million individual Canadians reported having to utilize food banks on a monthly basis. And of that million, almost 400,000 were children under the age of 18. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, we are fortunate that a small army of dedicated volunteers has taken it upon themselves to ensure that local food banks are stocked and open for those in need. Kawartha Lakes Food Source, located in Lindsay, is a 4,000-square foot food distribution centre that stocks goods for its nine member food banks and assists, as it can, the many other charitably run food banks right across the City. KLFS also supports 21 different elementary and secondary schools in running their vitally important breakfast programs. The Food Source, through its member agencies, also supplies its clients with pet food, personal care items, baby food and diapers, household cleaning products and toilet paper. The food banks partnered with the KLFS feed over 1,000 people a month, and that number swells to more than 5,000 a month when children fed through school
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breakfast programs are included. While affiliated with the Food Source, some smaller food banks also stock their shelves through the generosity of the local community. Cash donations, grants, fundraisers, food drives and church contributions help keep the doors open and the food distributed. Food bank clients are very often stereotyped, and not in a good way. You may be surprised to learn that the bulk of food bank clients are middle-aged couples or seniors who, after paying for rent, utilities, and transportation do not have enough money left over to put food on the table. In our area, demand falls in the summer when work is more plentiful, but spikes in the winter months after the tourists go home. The upcoming Christmas season puts a real strain on the local food banks as they try to provide something special for all of their clients. The KLFS is looking for the community’s assistance over the next two to four weeks to make this Christmas season a happy one for all their clients. Donations of food, money and in the case of Bobcaygeon Helps, children’s toys, would be much appreciated. In this holiday season, let us not forget those in need. Please support your local food banks. Give, and give generously. It will be a gift much appreciated.
BOBCAYGEON HELPS FOOD BANK GEARS UP FOR THE SEASON
Like Santa’s elves, the volunteers at the Bobcaygeon Helps Food Bank are busier than ever at this time of year. They’re getting ready for their Christmas Program, when they will share the spirit of the season with those in our community who require support. On a regular basis, the Food Bank helps about 130 households meet their basic caloric and nutritional needs. These include 215 adults and 125 children. Through the generous support of the community, everyone will be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner and
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