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Kincardine Food Bank sees usage skyrocket

September 16, 2023

The Kincardine Food Bank recently put in its largest food order ever, worth $10,000, in order to meet the skyrocketing demand for the service.

Lorrie Alexander, one of the co-ordinators, says the numbers are exploding.

The total for August was 172, including 87 families, 19 single parents, 66 singles (of which 35 were seniors) and 167 dependants.

“We have helped a total of 3,165 individuals so far this year and our total for the same time last year was 2,031,” says Alexander. “We are on track to surpass 5,000 this year.”

Fortunately, the food bank has received many donations from the community and through fund-raisers which are a huge help, says Alexander.

“Without the generosity of our community, we would not be able to supply these groceries to our less-fortunate neighbours,” she says. “We do not receive any municipal, provincial or federal funding. We function off the generosity of donors. Everything is either donated or purchased through monetary donations.

“As our client list increases, we need to buy food more frequently. And we receive no discounts; we pay the same price at the store.”

Located at the Anglican Church of the Messiah on Russell Street, Kincardine, the food bank is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to make a donation, contact kincardinefoodbank@gmail.com.



Volunteers Noah McArthur (in front) and Steve Otterman assist with the recent food order, the largest ever, at the Kincardine Food Bank; photo courtesy of the food bank

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