Elmvale & District Food Bank Officially Opens New Location
Township of Springwater / November 18, 2020 – The Elmvale & District Food Bank has officially opened their doors to clients at their new location following a small, physically distanced ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
The new facility, located at 62 Yonge St N, was constructed to address some of the challenges experienced at their previous location in the Elmvale Community Hall, including food storage issues, privacy concerns and accessibility barriers. The new facility is located within close proximity to the Simcoe County LINX Transit system, has ample parking, a private interview room and plenty of storage space.
The Elmvale & District Food Bank is a registered charity, which began operating out of a small space at the Elmvale Lions Hall in the early 1990s. Since their inception they have moved locations several times, as they continue to outgrow their space. Run by a team of volunteers, the Food Bank serves the Township of Springwater and the surrounding area and they continue to see an increasing need in the community year over year. In the first 10 months of 2020, the Food Bank has seen a 35% increase in usage when compared to 2019.
In February 2019, the Township committed to a one-time capital contribution of $100,000 towards the construction of a new facility and the Food Bank has fundraised $100,000. The municipality also agreed to front end the necessary funds in excess of $200,000 to be repaid over a period of up to 10 years.
“We are thrilled to have a permanent space where we can provide services to our clients,” says Debra McLean, Director of the Elmvale & District Food Bank. “Our new space is bright, organized and spacious and it provides dignity for our clients through the use of a confidential interview space. Thank you to Springwater Township Council for their support and encouragement throughout this project. The Food Bank would also like to acknowledge the generous financial support received from the Elmvale Lions Club, Flos-Elmvale Firefighters Association, Township of Tiny Lions Club, HydroOne and Elmvale Home Hardware Building Centre.”
“The Township is pleased to support the important work the Food Bank does in our municipality,” says Mayor Don Allen, Springwater Township. “The volunteers at the Food Bank work tirelessly to ensure no one in our community goes hungry. This new building provides them with the space to serve their clients more effectively. This year has shown that anyone can suffer from food insecurity, and the Food Bank is there to provide people with a helping hand when they need it most.”
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The Elmvale & District Food Bank operates Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Emergency service is available by calling 705- 322-9096.