Christmas Hamper time – register starting Nov. 1

Barriere Food Bank Society fall report shows Society actively fundraising in community

By LoraLee Austin

A few months ago, when I was contemplating retirement, people asked what I intended to do with all my spare time.  One of my considerations was to join the food bank as a volunteer.  Upon arriving in the community, I was not even sure if Barriere had a food bank, but one day while perusing our local newspaper, a write up about the Barriere and District Food Bank Society (BDFBS) caught my eye.  The rest they say is history.

The definition of a food bank according to Wikipedia is, “A non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those having difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger”.

The BDFBS is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for food distribution, but phone messages are retrieved periodically throughout the week.  Most of our clients pick up their own food orders, but if you are unable to come to the food bank, your order can be delivered.For delivery, please call the food bank before 10 a.m. on distribution day and leave a message requesting delivery.  The office staff will call you back and confirm your order.

This past growing season, the BDFBS had a garden plot at the Community Gardens and also made use of the grow boxes in the front of our building.  Many, many thanks to the District of Barriere and the Community Gardens for the donated garden plot, and a special thank you to IDA Pharmacy for the flats of vegetable starters for the garden.  We would also like to thank all the growers this fall who have donated their surplus fruits and vegetables.  You truly make a difference.

Special thanks also must go to Paul and Barb Morris for all their hard work in putting on the annual Toy Run; to Ian and Louisa Lee of AG Foods for the coffee, doughnuts and muffins they donated for the event, and to the Legion for hosting the steak supper and dance.  Your efforts are going to ensure a brighter Christmas for many.

Speaking of Christmas, anyone who is requiring a Christmas Hamper can register starting Nov. 1 and until Dec.1.  Please register for your hamper by phoning the BDFBS as per the number below.  Hampers will be ready for pickup or delivery on Dec. 17.

Another fund raiser for the BDFBS is the spaghetti dinner.  This year the event will be held on Nov. 17, at Sam’s Pizza and Rib House in Barriere.  Make sure you circle the date on your calendar.

The BDFBS is always in need of donations, so when you are out and about, please remember we have food drop boxes in AG Foods and the Royal Canadian Legion, and money drop boxes at many area businesses.

The BDFBS is located at 4748 Gilbert Road; telephone 250-672-0029.  The email address is;  barrierefoodbank@xpolrnet.com.