At this magical time of year, the Golden Food Bank gives thanks for the generosity of our community. We are continually amazed by the community spirit demonstrated by individuals, businesses and organizations that support the Food Bank throughout the year through donations and fundraisers. Without this support the Food Bank would not be able to provide food to those in need in our community.
The Golden Food Bank provides food hampers to 125 homes in our community every month – this represents about four per cent of the population in Golden and surrounding area. About half of our clients are families, of which school aged children represent 30 per cent of our clientele. Seniors over the age of 55 represent 12 per cent of those using the Food Bank.
Twenty-five per cent of clientele are employed, 27 per cent live on disability, 20 per cent live on social assistance and 10 per cent are on EI.
The impact of the economy and a changing work environment make it challenging for many to find meaningful, fulfilling work. Many families rely on support from the Food Bank to make ends meet.
Highlights from 2012 include:
Our Annual Food Drive in May raised $14,000 in food donations.
Our Pennies from Heaven Campaign raised $3,500 for the Food Bank.
The Ruth Wixon Community Garden grew 360kg of fresh produce for food hampers.
The Kraft Food for Families Campaign raised $850 for the Golden Food Bank.
A special thank you to the amazing volunteers that ensure food is available to clients every week. A core group of 20 volunteers donate 200 plus hours of their time monthly! You are extraordinary!!
Many blessings to all of you this Holiday Season, may peace and joy fill your hearts throughout 2013.
On behalf of myself and our Board of Directors, thank you.
Golden Food Bank