It is apparently possible for a ministry initiative to be TOO successful!?
The Parish of St. Aidan & St. Bartholomew
(Gibsons) started a Food Bank in 2010. Serving all the communities between Gibsons and Sechelt, this was to help close a significant gap in services on the Sunshine Coast.
Open on the third Wednesday of every month, the Food Bank prepares and distributes hampers of food for single-person households all the way up to 5 and 6-person households, no questions asked. The Food Bank is run entirely by volunteers from the church and the surrounding community, and is funded entirely by donations.
During its first year, the Food Bank served a modest average of 30 clients every month at a similarly modest cost of approximately $300. However, current monthly numbers have swelled to an average clientele of 80, raising the monthly cost to $650!
The people of St. A & B and the volunteers who run the Food Bank and prepare the hampers are thrilled to be providing this much-needed service, and it is naturally gratifying that so many people are helped by it.
However, the unfortunate reality is that although the Food Bank is staunchly supported by a number of local businesses and individuals, funding for the Food Bank has not increased as dramatically as the number of clientele.
We are hoping that you may be able to help keep this much-needed service alive. If you live along the Sunshine Coast, please consider making a donation of non-perishable food items which can be dropped off at St. Bart’s itself. If you live elsewhere, we would welcome your financial support. Cheques can be made out to The Anglican Parish of St. Aidan & St. Bartholomew (with “Food Bank” in the memo line). Tax receipts are available upon request.
If you would like to make a donation or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:
659 North Road
Images: Top, St Barts foodbank staff. Middle right, boxes ready packed for distribution.