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Orangeville Food Bank recognize donors at AGM

December 7, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

The Orangeville Food Bank held its annual general meeting this past Monday, Nov. 5, recognizing the various donors and reflecting on this past year.

“It has been a great year for the food bank, it really has,” reflected Heather Hayes, the food bank’s executive director, noting that with some special and large donations, they have been able to stretch out a bit and provide extra programs.

Apart from annual and regular donations, food drives, and community initiatives, it has been a busy year for the food bank. Ms. Hayes represented the food bank at the County’s Poverty Reduction Summit in January, while in February the food bank held their first annual Coldest Night of the Year event, reaching their goal to raise enough money to pay for the building’s rent. They also partnered with the Orangeville Sustainable Action Team (OSAT) on their Gleaning Fields and Fruit Trees program, and received a truck donated by Orangeville Royal Chevrolet Cadillac truck, to deliver and get 1500 pounds of food.

“Going forward, we’re going to work a little bit more on building our community food share across Orangeville and across the County,” said Ms. Hayes. Last year, 193,000 pounds of food were donated to the food bank.

Recently 560 people visited the food bank. “That was mind blowing, we had never seen those numbers before,” commented Ms. Hayes.

At the meeting, volunteer Colleen Egan was presented with the June Daley Memorial Award for her tireless effort with the food bank. “I’m just honoured,” she said. “When you do something you love to do, you don’t expect to be honoured.”

She added she loves the food bank because of everyone, from clients, donors, and fellow volunteers. “It doesn’t matter who walks through the front door, they always come with a smile.”

The highlight of the meeting was the various donors, from individuals to groups, who were recognized for their contribution to the food bank this year.

They are:

The Baker Group; David Brown; Compass Community Church; The County of Dufferin (accepted by Mono Mayor Laura Ryan); Elaine Kehoe; Ryan Hann; Linda and John Lockyer; Morningview Foundation; The Mullin Group; Theodore Papadatoes; Rotary Club of Orangeville; Royal Chevrolet Cadillac; Theatre Orangeville; The Town of Orangeville (accepted by Councillor Don Kidd); and Joan Waechter.

Ms. Hayes reiterated that without the donations, big or small, “what we do wouldn’t be possible.”

As the food bank now prepares for Christmas, she added they try to have enough food to last until Easter. “This is when we build up our food stocks.”


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