Submitted by Linda Godhue
With Covid-19 virus precautions needed, the Tobermory Food Bank was grateful that, with all protocols in place, we were able to distribute 28 Thanksgiving Hampers. The generosity of the community and support of organizations ensures that everyone, no matter what their financial circumstances may be, has the items for a Thanksgiving dinner.
This pandemic has caused financial challenges for many folks. The Grey Bruce Poverty Task Force, working with other like-minded organizations, has compiled the IMPACT REPORT. This will provide a base line of what the situation looked like in Grey Bruce before the Covid-19 crisis; so going forward it will allow a better assessment of the financial landscape that those living below or near the poverty line will be facing.
At the present time, the findings show one in five children in Grey Bruce live in low-income households. Twenty percent of households in Grey Bruce are Food Insecure, which means they experience times when they cannot afford to buy a sufficient amount of nutritious food. In comparison, the provincial number is 15 percent while the country number is 12 percent. There are many reasons for this, one being a household where earnings come from more than one part-time job at low wages. Another is Seniors living on a low fixed income and also those relying on a disability support program or pension. More can be learned by reading the report at www.povertytaskforce.com/impact.
As you know, the Tobermory Food Bank is so fortunate to have the support of the community, whether it is the numerous individuals who donate, or the ongoing support of organizations and Churches. This has not stopped during this crisis, in fact it has grown. A recent example of this is And-Rod’s Annual Pig Roast, which raised the most it ever has for the Tobermory Food Bank. Thank you, Amanda, Jose and staff and all who supported it.
If you have any questions regarding the Tobermory Food Bank and how we are continuing to operate during this challenging time, please call Linda at 519-596-2333 or Jim at 519-375-7010.