Wawa Community Food Bank – Thanks for the assistance

The Wawa Community Food Bank wishes to thank the many individuals, organizations and businesses in our remarkably generous little town that have made donations during these past few months. Although warmer weather has arrived and life should be a bit easier for everyone after a long winter, we are still dealing with the pandemic and effects of COVID-19. As such, the number of individuals and households requiring assistance remains constant.

Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks is extended to Wesdome Gold Mines (Eagle River Division) for an additional $10,000 in food and supplies. In addition to the purchase of standard food items, this donation has allowed us to provide clients with grocery items or treats that we cannot normally provide.

Russell Reid presenting a check to volunteers from the Wawa Community Food Bank for the new phone line.

The Rotary Club of Wawa made a financial donation that is specifically earmarked for a dedicated phone line. Now it will be easier to get in contact with a volunteer of the Wawa Community Food Bank. We can be reached at (705) 852-1414.

Our appreciation and thanks is also extended to the following businesses, families and individuals who have supported the food bank with monetary donations, P.C. gift cards, grocery items or pet supplies: Fern Albert, Algoma District 2 OSSTF, Algoma District Services Administration Board, Children’s Aid Society of Algoma unionized workers (CUPE Local 5269), Dawson & Keenan Wawa Branch, Carol Duncan & Madison Proulx, Pat Heron, Isabel Lawson, Loblaws Inc. for the 2020 Spring Food Drive held at John’s Valu Mart, Gyula Lorincz, Michipicoten First Nation, Alma Myers, Naturally Superior Adventures, NextBridge Infrastructure, Jean O’Brien, Anne Owen, Catherine Pellegrini, Lois Ross, Neil & Catherine Sager, Jeffrey Skonieczny, Dr. Jamileh Shaffaf/Dr. Sean Robinson, Andy Stevens, Dr. Danica Switzer, Wagging Tails Kennel and the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby (donation as part of the 29th Annual Derby and in honour of the Rotary Club of Wawa 2020 Radio Auction which was unable to happen this year due to COVID-19).

These past few months we have received perishable food items through Harvest Algoma. Harvest Algoma has been receiving large donations of fresh produce and also accepts food donations from retail stores, restaurants and gardens and then distributes them across communities in our district.

The summer season also means the return of Rob Ingram from Desbarats Farmer Market. Our clients get to enjoy a variety of fresh produce because of Rob’s donations.

Finn and Isla McLary held a socially distanced bake sale and lemonade stand and donated the proceeds to the Wawa Community Food Bank. Its always great to see the excitement on children’s faces when they hold a bake sale or lemonade stand. Way to go Finn and Isla!

Thank you to Alex Patterson and the staff at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre. Without your willingness to provide storage solutions and ongoing assistance we would not have been able to receive and store some of the weekly grocery items.

Thank you to Ray Brisson of Eighty-Five Electric for the electrical work that allows for an additional fridge and freezer at our location. We now have more ability to store frozen or perishable food that we sometimes might have had to refuse in the past due to lack of storage space.

Additionally, to The Bargain Shop and John’s Valu Mart for their continued support with product purchases and to SUBWAY for the continued contribution of bread products. Another way the community supports the Wawa Community Food Bank is through the purchase of pre-filled bags made and sold by John’s Valu-Mart.

Thank you to those who supported the food bank with monetary donations in memory of Cindy Szekley or Willard Smith.

We recognize the anonymous donors who leave items in the donation bin inside the main door of the EDC Office at 96 Broadway Ave. or make payments on our account at John’s Valu Mart.

The above supporters have helped make life a little easier for others in our community.

Lastly, we’d like to give a huge shout out to our hard-working volunteers who spend countless hours to ensure the operation runs smoothly so that members of our community can access the service. Volunteers include: Jackie Blanchet, Beverly Boyd, Margaret Chapman, Noella Depew, Debby Greely-Hogan, Monique Kryszewski, Kaireen Morrison, Stephanie Scheuermann, Dyanne Smart and Debra Tomas-Avis.

Our sincere apologies to anyone we may have missed. Please know that every donation received is deeply appreciated and allows us to continue serving our community. Monetary donations by e-transfer can also accepted and sent to the email address below.

For anyone wanting to get in touch with us, you can reach us in person at 96 Broadway Avenue every Wednesday 2 – 4 p.m., or by emailing [email protected], 705-852-1414 or mail: Wawa Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 2001, Wawa, ON P0S 1K0.

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