NORTHUMBERLAND FARE SHARE FOOD BANKS
HELP FEED OUR NEIGHBOURS – A new challenge has presented Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks – maintaining what we have grown to. Many know that Fare Share is 100% volunteer operated and the food it distributes is raised through the generous donations made by the community, major grocers and sponsors from the region.
In 2009 Fare Share was able to donate 9lbs per person per visit. Today in 2015 Fare Share is distributing on average 36lbs of food which includes non-perishables, fresh milk, fruit and vegetables. We require your help through the Harvest season to maintain our ability to serve. Please visit the Fare Share Website
Why do people in our community need the Food Bank?
Massive loss of well-paying blue collar jobs
Many people do not have the skills for today’s labour market
Part-time, temporary and low paying jobs do not cover basic needs
Senior and disability pension do not cover basic needs
Inadequate social programs for people facing hard times
Who are the people using the Food Bank?
37% are children between the ages 0 – 18 years old
10% receive Ontario Disability pension
10% receive Ontario Works funds
13% are seniors with limited pension funds
How many in our community need the Food Bank?
900 children under age 18
190 seniors over age 65
How does Fare Share Food Banks help?
85% of the food distributed is obtained through food drives and fundraising
15% remaining food is obtained from the county’s Food4All warehouse
Improved distribution of healthy food: milk, protein, fresh fruit and vegetables
Increased amount of food provided to Food Banks clients (9 lbs of food 2009 vs 36 lbs in 2015)
All donations go directly to food purchases and operating costs; all our ‘staff’ are volunteers
Why does Fare Share Food Banks need your help?
323,000 lbs of food required to meet projected needs for 2015
$150,000 in fundraising is required to meet the ever increasing cost of food and operations
Volunteers are needed to organize fundraising events