On Tuesday, September 25, the Lanark County Food Bank invited municipal council and candidates from its catchment area to a hands-on volunteer experience at the Hunger Stop in Carleton Place. Bev Holmes, David Hinks and I represented Mississippi Mills.
It was a sobering but impressive learning experience. Sobering to discover how many people need to use the food bank, and impressive to see how generous local residents are with both “cash and cans.” We sorted and checked donations, filled bags of flour, put together kits of plastic bags for recycling and garbage, filled up a few paper bags of dog food, and discovered all the people and things that go into making it work. The volunteers and information we received busted a few myths about “food insecurity”:
No government funding is involved; not even a municipal tax break.
What to donate? There’s a wish list that you can stick on your fridge; I would add to that diapers (even opened packages – if you’re a grandparent you may still have half-packages of diapers from child visits that the child has outgrown), baby food and formula, paper products, tampons, soaps, shampoos and conditioners (the travel and hotel packs are also welcome) and all the staples. If you use it, probably others do, too. The wish list has some general suggestions:
They also provide coffee, tea, food wrapping items, pet foods and supplies.
Find out a lot more about donating to the Food Bank here:
In Almonte, you may drop off donations at: Patrice’s Your Independent Grocer 401 Ottawa Street, Almonte, ON
Thank you to Karin Nakamura and the volunteers for sharing your time and knowledge with us.