TRURO – Santa Claus is delivering big time for the Colchester Food Bank this year.
The food bank is anticipating a move into its new, permanent Prince Street home early next month.
“We are so excited,” said board of directors member Leanne Roberts. “The building is taking shape and we are just waiting for the finishing touches to be put in place before we can move.”
Roberts said once final stages of dry walling, painting, flooring, and some mechanical issues are completed, they’ll be set to move on in. Once operational, an open house will be held to show the public the facility they helped build to serve the people of Colchester County.
No date has been determined yet for the open house.
Last month, a 12-hour food drive organized by Cat Country 99.5 and Big Dog 100.9 saw more than 31,500 pounds of food donated, as well as cash donations received on site.
“While this total was down slightly from the previous year, we saw a tremendous support from individuals giving cash donations,” said Roberts. “Cash donations allow us to buy the food items we need at the time, and often in greater quantity than the public as we are often offered deals when purchasing in bulk from businesses. So oftentimes, we can stretch the public’s dollar further than they could. As an organization we realize there are many deserving charities in the community and that it is difficult for people to support them all.”
But while the public may think the total amount donated is a large one, it actually wouldn’t cover how much the food bank gives out to clients on a monthly basis. Roberts said they can always use donations – both monetary and of food.
“The reality is the food goes out of the food bank as quickly as it comes in,” she said, adding in November alone, the food bank distributed 52,845 pounds of food.
Last month, the food bank assisted 813 recipients receiving food boxes that, on average, weigh 65 pounds per order.
“Also, last month we saw 19 new recipients who have never had to use the food bank before,” she said.
Each month, the food bank works hard to meet recipients’ demands, and with the Christmas season also comes a partnership with the Rotary Club of Truro as it administers the Christmas Index Program in Colchester County.
“The public’s donations help these two organizations provide Christmas cheer to many deserving families in Colchester County,” said Roberts.
To help with the increased assistance over the Christmas season, the food bank still has a wish list of numerous items, including personal hygiene items: turkey or ham, canned or fresh cranberries, gravy, boxed stuffing, cake or pie mixes, jam or peanut butter, coffee, tea, juice, pickles and other condiments, flour, Christmas candy (as a treat), fresh fruit, potatoes, vegetables, cereal, crackers, tomato sauce and pasta, canned meat, canned fruit, beans, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, and hand soap.
The food bank is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and serves clients from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It’s located at 49 Esplanade until the new facility at 580 Prince Street is open. For more information, including how to donate, call 902-893-4566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.