Submitted by Linda Godhue
As it was at the time of the previous “Stay at Home” order, the Tobermory Food Bank will be open at our regular day and time. It is open on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the Meeting Place. As we have been doing since the Pandemic began, we are implementing all necessary safety protocols. Our volunteers have been faithfully adhering to these protocols for their own safety and the safety of our clients. These volunteers recently packed and distributed 25 Easter Hampers to those in need in our community
This past year has certainly drawn attention to precarious employment. And we know that precarious employment leads to increased Food Insecurity and that leads to increased visits to Food Banks.
Recently released data by Grey Bruce United Way tells us that 22% of Ontario jobs are characterized as precarious work. When referring to part-time work the percentage increases to 33%. Precarious employment is most often found in those who work in the Service Industry, food services or accommodation services, and those self-employed. This type of employment is very prevalent in a seasonal economy such as Tobermory’s.
We are fortunate in our community to have wonderful support for the Tobermory Food Bank. As noted, so often, this enables us to continue our work at the Food Bank.
If you have any questions regarding the Tobermory Food Bank, please call Linda at 519-596-2333 or Jim at 519-375-7010.