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Update to the Previous Building Project Update...

Posted by acafb on September 29, 2020 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Someone recently drew to my attention that our website seemed to indicate that the building project was no longer happening. I want to assure you that we have been working very hard to see the buildling project resumed. To assure all concerned we are absolutely are moving forward with a building project on the property we had originally purchased. Please keep an eye out for any news on our status. Thank you all for your patience and support!

Mark Isaac, General Manager & the Board of Directors

Thank you!!!

Posted by acafb on June 26, 2020 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

We want to express our thanks for the incredible and continued support we have been receiving throughout the covid-19 pandemic. From concerned residents, churches, organizations and businesses helping with cash and food bank donations, the businesses and individuals that have stepped up to serve as official food donation drop off points in the different communities throughout our service area, volunteer drivers for deliveries and pickups and the staff and volunteers working hard at the food bank. Thank you also to area businesses that have continued to be there providing the food bank with what we need to continue functioning and being there for those in need thoughout our service area.

Please see the update to this Press Release

Posted by acafb on August 19, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (1)

BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE – “Seeking New Location”

In the last two years the Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank has made several adjustments to the site plan for a new Food Bank on Main Street bringing the board of directors to a decision that the current property no longer fits our vision for the future. We want to recognize the Municipality of North Middlesex and Middlesex County for their input on the project to date. Full details of the process can be viewed on our website at www.ailsacraigareafoodbank.org

We appreciate the enormous support of the community members throughout our service area who have continued to make donations to allow the Foodbank to operate normally during this period.

It is our duty and responsibility, as a board, to ensure that funds raised for the project through the generous support of so many throughout our service area are used to their maximum potential and that the resulting facility would address the needs of the communities of our service area for many years to come. The need to further shrink our footprint to resolve the parking issue brought the board to a time of decision. Because of this we have arrived at the difficult decision to place our property on Main Street on the market and look for new options. The funds for the initial purchase of property came from one donor. The donor was consulted and agrees that this is the best course of action for the food bank.

Food banks across Canada are growing to meet a variety of social supports required. Our hope was to ensure our plans would allow this and also room to expand supports as needed in the future.

The Board is disappointed to have to make this decision; however we have a responsibility to use donated funds wisely. This was a difficult decision, but we trust we can continue the project with the same incredible support we have found so far. It remains our goal to find a new location that provides the space required to serve the area most effectively.

With sincere thanks,

 

The Board of Directors of the Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store

*PLEASE SEE THE HOME PAGE FOR A TIMELINE OF THE PROJECT.

 

Summer Food Bank Needs

Posted by acafb on June 17, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy June greetings from all our staff and volunteers at Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank! Thank you for your interest and support for the work of the food bank in our local area. We had three recent area food drives which brought many items back up. Thank you to the communities in Lucan-Biddulph and North Middlesex for supporting the annual Firefighters Spring food drives in those municipalities. By cycling food drives in different communities at specific times of the year, it helps to keep our food on-hand at a healthy level throughout the year. We still depend on our regular donors to help out with some of the items that are in low supply. The following are items we are currently in need of…

• Juice (family & individual sizes)

• Coffee (instant or perc.)

• Rice (900 g bags or boxes)

• Canned green beans

• Canned yellow beans

• Instant pudding mixes

• Pudding cups

• Fruit (large cans of plain or mixed)

 

For churches, groups or individuals that normally help out with our school back pack programs, please keep in mind that any school supply donations would be greatly appreciated throughout the month of July.

 

Of course, cash donations are also a great help to enable us to purchase any items we might be short on for our various food bank programs throughout the year and to help cover the cost of making the programs available for those who need them. The summer season is traditionally a lower cash donation time for most charities. Cash donations are very appreciated and, of course, receiptable.

 

If you are aware of anyone in your community that may be in need, please encourage them to contact us for help. There are many who find it difficult to ask for a helping hand and some who simply aren’t aware of the help that might be available to them. It’s hard to imagine people in our communities who are struggling with poor health and discouragement because healthy food is not affordable to them.

 

Finally, one of the greatest ways that you can help is to shop at our thrift store and encourage others to as well. We have many great items… used and new clothing and household items as well as collectibles and antiques. You would be amazed at what you might find in our stock. Don’t be afraid to call and enquire if you are looking for a particular item. We can even help you with brand new electric fencing supplies to name just one! There are also a few mystery items that no one seems to be able to identify. A trip to our store can be an adventure and the highlight of your week!

 


The Great Canadian GIVING CHALLENGE

Posted by acafb on June 7, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you heard of The Great Canadian GIVING CHALLENGE? Every donation (minimum $3.00 donation to qualify) made through our CanadaHelps online donation button during the month of June gives our charity a chance to win a $10,000 donation!  Imagine the impact $10,000 would have for the work of our food bank. If you've ever thought about making an online donation, this is the month to try it. Visit our homepage at www.ailsacraigareafoodbank.org to donate. Thank you for your support!

Cooler unit brings savings!

Posted by acafb on January 21, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We are grateful to see ongoing savings to our food bank because of a grant received this past September allowing us to purchase a large commercial cooler. It replaced two old refrigerators and cut our hydro bill in half! One refrigerator had quit and was already removed. All the savings came with the removal of the last old refrigerator and plugging the new large commercial unit with the capacity of two normal refrigerators.

Easter Weekend Hours

Posted by acafb on April 1, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Community Spirit Award

Posted by acafb on September 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are thrilled to share the following announcement from Middlesex Mutual Insurance...

Community Spirit Award 2014

 

 

The Board of Directors and our Community Spirit Award Committee consisting of John Brennan, Director, Paula Bodkin, Director, Fran Dow, Agent, Danielle Duffenais, Underwriter, and Nancy Preston, President & CEO saw a need in the community and proceeded, without application submissions, to grant the Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store with this year’s award of $25,000.00.

The Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store is a registered Christian Charitable Organization dedicated to meeting the needs of our community.

The Food Bank is looking to build a new building that will allow them to offer programs to their clients (cooking, canning, budgeting, sewing), increased capacity for fresh foods (walk-in freezer/cold storage), and most importantly a private intake office to allow more privacy and dignity to their clients. To date they have raised $154,537.84.

The Ailsa Craig Food Bank services the Township of Lucan Biddulph, The Municipality of Middlesex Centre and the Municipality of North Middlesex. They also serve approximately half of the Municipality of Lambton Shores covering the communities in the eastern side. Those communities served include Arkona, Grand Bend, Northville, Port Franks and Thedford.

We would like to congratulate the Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store.

Check Out Our New Webstore!

Posted by acafb on September 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Visit our new webstore for a new way to shop our thrift store. Product is limited for now, but we hope to see it develop. Click the link to visit...


Ontario Meat & Poultry Thanksgiving Giveaway

Posted by acafb on September 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Visit Facebook to vote for our food bank in the Ontario Meat & Poultry Thanksgiving Giveaway. You can visit and vote daily to give us a chance to win a $200.00 donation of meat & poultry.

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioMeatPoultry?v=app_1492352904346232&app_data=entry_id%3D68775523%26gaReferrerOverride%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252F

 


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