Food banks helped by The Gift

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Thanks to The Gift, East Kent food banks are well prepared to lend a hand in 2021.

Rhonda McLean, organizer of Thamesville’s Little Free Pantry, says the food bank is benefitting from the large number of donations collected Nov. 21.

The Thamesville Sertoma club is openly sharing the wealth, allowing her to take whatever supplies are needed.

“It’s really great, “McLean says. “I think we’re in good shape.”

She says Thamesville’s La Sertoma Club also helps with the cause by donating gift cards and cash that can be used to purchase perishable food items like meat and dairy products.

McLean says it’s important food is available at the takeaway pantry located on the south end of United Church, because with no dedicated grocery store Thamesville is a food dessert.

With a lockdown bringing economic uncertainty, the role of food banks is more important than ever.

A recent Canada’s Food Price Report says the cost to an average family of four will increase approximately $700.

All told, that adds up to an annual grocery bill for the average family of between $12,000 to $14,000.

Like the May 16 Miracle, The Gift food and toy drive on Nov. 21, brought in a record amount of donations.

The Dresden food bank and Bothwell’s Caring Cupboard are also sharing in The Gift’s bounty, with goods being made available to both organizations.

The Caring Cupboard is located in the alley beside the Bothwell United Church on Elm Street.

People can take or add items in the private location.

The Dresden Food Bank is located at Dresden Community Church and patrons must contact the organization either by email or phone.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald