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!