Our Town Food Bank relies on holiday donations

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It's the season for giving, and the Our Town Food Bank in Tottenham has received generous support from the community.

Even though the holiday season has more people contributing, the Food Bank has a solid base of donors throughout the year. However certain holidays bring out the best in people.

“Our donations are really centred around when people really like to give, which is Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” explained Our Town Food Bank executive director, Robine Hawkes. “At those particular times of year, we get lots. Other times of the year, not so much. It's always been like that. We always accept when people are willing to give. The community is really amazing.”

The Food Bank has around 250 people registered and regularly sees 60 to 80 people per week that arrive at their door. Around 35 volunteers donate their time to receive and sort food donations. This includes drivers that make deliveries.

Scheduling has been important over the last few months so volunteers can work in cohorts to avoid possibly spreading a virus.

“We have very little administrative costs because the Town supplies the building,” Ms. Hawkes explained. “And they supply the maintenance. They are marvelous. They clear the walkways for us – they are amazing.”

The Food Bank is located in the old library building on Queen Street. It's the same building that now occupied by the O.P.P. sub-detachment.

You have to walk between buildings to find the entrance – which has a bright orange canopy over the entrance so it's easily identified.

Based in Tottenham, the Our Town Food Bank provides service to a fairly large area.

In addition to Tottenham, they serve Beeton and south Adjala.

The Food Bank has received a lot of support over the holiday with food donations as well as financial contributions.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times