Amherstburg Food Bank president thrilled with new location



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Food Bank has a new home and its president is very happy with the location.

The Amherstburg Food Bank is now located in Amherstburg Community Church and president Lucille Thrasher indicated the church has saved the food bank from having to shut down.

Food Bank“The Amherstburg Food Bank was started in 1988 by Reg and Mary Cozens,” Thrasher explained. “It was housed temporarily at different places until moving into the Masonic Lodge Hall on Murray St where it was located for many years.”

Two years ago, the Amherstburg Food Bank moved into Wesley United Church which Thrasher said was “a good fit” until the church building was sold.

Wesley United Church plans to move into a smaller location on Middle Side Road.

“I tried everything I thought possible to find a new location so the food bank would not have to close and as the date we would have to vacate Wesley I had almost lost hope,” said Thrasher.

Thrasher then got a call saying Amherstburg Community Church would like to offer them space to house it, something Thrasher said is “an answer to my prayers.

“We have not been there very long but I do think it will be a good fit and the union will work out well,” she said.

The Amherstburg Food Bank is currently keeping the same hours, which are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We have 20 volunteers but may open another day should we get more volunteers,” said Thrasher.  “The Amherstburg Food Bank is totally dependent on donations either monetary or non-perishable foods, juices, personal care items, paper products etc. We get no government funding. We are supported by the Amherstburg community in these ways and is therefore serving members of our community.”

Food donations may be dropped off at the food bank during the above hours, she added. Monetary donations made out to the Amherstburg Food Bank can be made and dropped off at the food bank, she added.

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St.

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