As you read this, Christmas, with all its trimmings, has been packed away for another year. 2020 has been welcomed in. From my perspective now, given the nature of submission deadlines, well, just picture me with all the commotion of the season still to be experienced. On my desk sits a stack of Thank You cards ready to be mailed; next to them, others wait to be written. Most of you will have received them by the time you read this—unless you are one of the countless donors whose identity we don’t know. Heartfelt thank yous are owed if you were involved with Cram the Cruiser at ValuMart, or left bags full of goods or some money in the donation box there. Maybe you donated at the Royal Bank. What a wonderful display RBC staff set up to benefit the food bank. Perhaps you left your donation at Bridgewater Cafe, Banjo’s or Subway. You may be the mysterious gentleman who handed me an envelope with an anonymous donation. You could be amongst the knitters who met weekly at the civic centre and then donated your handiwork for the Christmas hampers. You may have pulled tags off the Angel Tree at the Captain’s table and provided gifts or are a member of the team that wrapped Angel Tree gifts to be distributed. No matter how you donated, whether it was in giving time volunteering, whether financially, or through food or other items, please know that you make a difference. You make this community, indeed by extension this world, a much better place for all of us.
On Dec 21st the Food Bank team of volunteers meet at the civic centre to prepare 36 Christmas hampers, and on Sunday Dec 22 the hampers and gifts are distributed to those that signed up for them. If I have a picture to include before submission time, you will see it here, otherwise you might take a peek at our website Hastingsfoodbank.org or look for us on Facebook: Hastings/Roseneath Ministerial Food Bank. You will also find pictures there soon of the butter delivery. Our thanks go out to Brad Linton, and Bob McComb who braved the snow squalls to deliver 80 pounds of butter on behalf of the Northern Dairy Producer’s Committee. It was a wonderful surprise.
A few months ago, we applied for and received the 2019 Capacity Building Grant from Feed Ontario in partnership with the Gay Lea Foundation. With it we purchased a new fridge from Bennett’s in Campbellford. This will increase our capacity to offer fresh food and will replace an older small chest freezer, which will be looking for a new home. Also available to rehome is a fridge with no freezer. It will be replaced with a donated fridge/freezer. Please contact us if you are interested in either. As this New Year begins I hope it continues to be filled with the promise of a bright tomorrow for everyone. Happy New Year!