A Look Back And A Look Forward For Tobermory Food Bank

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Submitted by Linda Godhue

We are all looking back to the past year, especially since March of 2020 when the impact of the COVID virus began to affect our lives in a great way. The volunteers at the Tobermory Food Bank have seen the way we serve clients change, but what has not changed is the amazing financial support of this community. We have received tremendous support from other sources as well. Monies came from the government through the United Way, as well as monies from Bruce Power and their Workers. In addition, support has come from other organizations large and small to our Food Bank as well as other Food Banks in the area.

In December, once again the Stuff the Cruiser event, through the efforts of the OPP Auxiliary members, put 589 pounds of donations on the shelves. And that was helped by Peacock’s staff filling bags of food that could be purchased and donated to the Food Bank.

Looking back, it must be noted that it was local individuals, businesses and organizations that came forward immediately at the start of the pandemic to make sure those most in need in our community did not go without food. Those who have lived here all their lives or those new to the community know that this is a place that takes care of all of their neighbours.

This past Christmas, we provided 30 hampers to individuals and families to enjoy a holiday meal and other items to carry them through the holidays. 

Also prior to Christmas it was our privilege to distribute toys and gifts collected and provided by the Northern Bruce Peninsula Firefighters Association. Their annual Toy Drive Campaign collects toys and receives cash donations to care for children in the community. Another example by the Firefighters Association of taking care of neighbours. 

We are often asked how is the Tobermory Food Bank doing? Through this column and our volunteers, we try to keep the community up to date on our operation. As mentioned above, through the generosity and efforts of many in the community and beyond we have been able to keep shelves stocked and available to those who encounter Food Insecurity.

At the beginning of any new year, we look forward to what the year may bring. In these uncertain times it is hard to know what that will look like. At the time of writing this we are in another lockdown, but the Tobermory Food Bank is still continuing with safe protocols in place for clients and volunteers. We are still receiving wonderful donations, so the work continues.

The Tobermory Food Bank is open Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. at the Meeting Place. If you have any questions about the Tobermory Food Bank or are in need of any assistance, please call Linda at 519-596-2333 or Jim at 519-375-1010. 

Here is to a brighter and better New Year.