Amherstburg Food Bank moves to a new location

By Jolene Perron

Wesley United Church (WUC) is recognizing the great need of the Amherstburg Food Bank by donating much needed space.

Lucille Thrasher, president of the Amherstburg Food Bank and member of the WUC, approached WUC’s council in March inquiring about moving to the church’s location which Thrasher is very excited about because the building is handicap accessible. WUC has relocated their nursery to make space and has donated that room to the Amherstburg Food Bank to use.

“We do their community free meals once a month, so it just makes sense that the food bank be right there as well.” said Doug Brookbanks, a council member at WUC.

If someone would like assistance from the food bank, there are no specific qualifications. Many people from Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) are directed to the food bank and those who are on welfare are accepted as well. Thrasher says she does not need proof, but people usually show her a card, which indicates if they are receiving financial help. Those who wish to go to the food bank to receive groceries are only allowed to go once a month to get what they need and the food bank does not deliver.

The food bank gets donations from around town. Sobey’s puts together brown bags of groceries, which can be purchased at the checkout. They also have a bin which people can drop other groceries in as well. No Frills also has a bin which people can donate groceries in. They also receive help from schools and other foundations who hold canned food drives and in turn, hand over those goods to the food bank.

Brookbanks says there are eight people who volunteer, allowing each person to only work once a month, seeing as the food bank is only open two days a week. Thrasher is hoping that once she gets settled in at her new location and gets more volunteers, she will be able to open an additional day each week. For this to happen, Thrasher needs more volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, you can contact Amherstburg Community Services.

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