The North Huron Community Food Share would like to thank the generous individuals, families, companies and organizations in the communities that we serve for helping us persevere through our busiest Christmas season to date. Of course, it is a good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that we were able to help out 136 families this December through the generosity of those around us. We would be lost if it were not for the compassion of our communities.
The bad news is that the number of those needing our help is growing, at an unprecedented rate. We see new faces each and every month at the Food Share. It is a little overwhelming, to say the least.
I feel as though we are always asking for your support, but the fact remains that without it, the fantastic work being done by our Operations Manager, volunteer staff, Board of Directors and others just wouldn’t be enough. Did I mention that there are no paid positions at the Food Share? Your donations go right to the people that need them!
The NHCFS does receive donations of food from the Exeter Distribution Centre from time to time, which, combined with your donations of food and money, enables us to keep the shelves somewhat filled at the Food Share. However, with the increase in demand every month, our coffers are in danger of being depleted.
The NHCFS tries to provide healthy food for our clients. Milk and egg vouchers from local grocery stores are available. Fresh produce (in season) from our community garden is available. When we are able to purchase groceries to supplement our stock, we opt for the healthiest we can find.
The Food Share also wishes to thank our local grocery stores for their support. The staff and management at all of our local stores assist us with replenishing stock reserves when sales allow, enabling us to really stretch those dollars we spend. They also assist with food drives several times a year. Local stores play an important role in increasing our visibility in the communities we serve.
I would also like to extend gratitude to our volunteer staff at the Food Share. Without our volunteers, our clients would not be treated with the dignity and respect that is shown to everyone that enters our doors. If volunteering is something that may interest you, please contact us for details.
As many of you may know, our Board Chairman, Gordon Kaster, has encountered a few health issues of late, and has had to resign his position of Chairman at the Food Share. Gordon has been the “face” of our Food Share for many, many years and will be welcomed back to the table when he can get there! In the meantime, each and every one of our Board of Directors has stepped up to fill Gord’s un-fillable shoes, so a final thank you as well to my fellow Board of Director members.
Please check out our website or Facebook page for more more information on how to volunteer, how to make a donation, or to find out what supplies our clients need: