In the small community of Tara (Ontario), an unusual ‘Food Bank’ is helping folk who may be having financial difficulties and need the services of a ‘community pantry’.
The Food Bank is unusual in that it is supported by 25 volunteers and four area churches and works with the communities of Wiarton, Tobermory, Lion’s Head and Cape Croker. It is located at the Anglican Church in Tara.
Whether it’s a short-term problem or perhaps an on-going situation due to a medical situation, the Tara Food Bank is there to help. “We are here to help local families,” says Co-chair Sandra Gunson, “and we have some 40 – 50 families who rely on us.”
According to Gunson, the Food Bank, that is open Wednesdays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., does not turn anyone away. “People can come in and ‘shop’ and we also have clothes for those who may need a little something extra. Whether it’s food items or household cleaning to baby items, we will help out a family in need.”
Clothing donations are always welcomed.
“We supply a box with basic food supplies such as potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, etc.,” says Grunson, “but those with dietary concerns such as gluten free or diabetic requirements, are encouraged to contact the Food Bank. (For more information, call 226-568-3092).
According to Grunson, the Food Bank has been supported for six years by Bruce Power and unions such as the Power Workers Union (PWU). “We have a full charity status,” adds Grunson, “so that for those who donate can receive a tax receipt. We welcome not only donations of food and clothing but also shopping gift cards and financial donations that enable us to shop in bulk.”
While Christmas and other holiday seasons are always ‘high-need’ times to fill the shelves, the need is on-going throughout the year.