At the North Huron Community Food Share’s annual meeting, it was revealed that the usage of the Food Share has increased by 17% over the past year. A total of 1,232 visits representing 3,207 people were made in the past year. When you equate that people can only visit our Food Share once a month, you see that we are now averaging over 100 families per month. We are so thankf…ul for the on-going monetary donations as well as the non-perishable food items we received from all over our coverage area. We have also started receiving twice monthly shipments from the Exeter Food Distribution Centre to supplement our stock as well, in addition we spent over $40,000 this past year at various grocery stores in our area. With summer now upon us, it is a typical slower time for donations, however we hope our reserves will carry us through ‘till the fall. We always create a big push in the “Thanksgiving up to Christmas” seasons and are always amazed at how generous the public is to our cause.
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting & receiving a large food donation from Gillian Dinsmore of Gorrie. At her 6th birthday party, she asked her classmates as well as her soccer team to bring donations for the Food Share. It is very heart-warming to know that our elementary & secondary school students are being informed by the teachers of the plight of families in their local area and are encouraged to make donations. These children and young adults will be our future & quite possibly, future directors of the Food Share.
We are currently in the process of updating our antiquated computer system. Thanks to the generosity of Doug Kuyvenhoven, we are going to have a very modern computer system for us to keep track of our clientele. This will enable our Operations Manager, Joyce Johnston to input data and create the government required reports much more efficiently. Doug in connection with Stephanie Towton, one of our directors, is also creating a website for the Food Share. People will be able to find out everything they would like to know about how to donate…who are the directors….where you can get pertinent information etc. Stay tuned for the grand launch of this website.
Once again this summer, we’ve been invited by the good people at the Howick Cruise Night to collect food at their Friday, August 10th event. We will be handing out some flyers at the July Cruise Nite to encourage people to bring donations. As an added feature this year, a local band “No Expectations” are donating their time and talent (?) to entertain for the evening. Adam Schefter, a local craftsman is donating a portable stage for the use of the band. Last year much to the surprise of many, we collected 11 large blue tubs of food along with some cash donations. SO… mark Friday, August 10th from 6 p.m. to dusk on your calendar to come to the Howick Community Centre (east of Gorrie) see some great classic vehicles and support the North Huron Community Food Share.
Gordon Kaster – Chairman