Dawn McCormick, the Barriere Food Bank Fundraising Co-Chairperson says she is positive about the future of the community’s food bank system.
“Right now we are in the process of getting back our charter,” said McCormick, noting that the organization had lost it’s non-profit society status many years ago, and it had never been actively pursued since.
“Our goal is to have paperwork, bylaws and updates done so we can be back to a non-profit organization by the fall,” said McCormick, “This will put us back into a position where we can be a part of sharing with other food banks.”
As it stands, due to the loss of the society registration the Barriere Food Bank must exist solely on its own fund raising abilities, which McCormick says can be up and down depending on the season and how aggressively donations are sought.
“We are in dire need of donations at this point and we are hurting for some kinds of food,” she noted, “We need to fill up the shelves. Some of what we need includes meat, peanut butter, eggs and coffee.”
McCormick says the current executive, consisting of directors; Debra Winiski, John Willox, Marion Coltman, Rose Seymour and Elaine Lempriere want the community to know what the food bank is about and what their community partners are doing.
To start the summer off at the Food Bank, an open house will be held on July 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend at the food bank building, in the Barriere Industrial Park on 4748 Gilbert Road in Barriere.
“We want to become more visible. We are going to have a booth at the Communities in Bloom barbecue, and have a booth at the fall fair, hand out literature, and be more determined. We are also going to have a bag drop four times a year being done by the Cadets, and each time it will be done in a different part of the community. And one of the things we are going to be much better about doing is thanking our supporters and volunteers,” said McCormick.
She also noted that they are very much in need of more volunteers.
“We need help stocking shelves, spreading the work out, helping with donations.”
McCormick says she is fairly new to the community of Barriere, but that she thinks it is a great place to live, and feels helping out at the food bank is her way of giving back.
“Things at the food bank are going to be much better,” said McCormick.
The food bank is open every other Wednesday during the summer months, and every Wednesday in the fall. However, there is always someone available to help out in case of an emergency in between Wednesdays, just by calling 250-672-0029 and leaving a message, which will be answered fairly quickly.
McCormick says if anyone would like to volunteer, make a donation, or would like more information about the organization, they are welcome to call her at 778-257-1487.