The newly created food bank will open its doors in the beginning of January. The location is the New Life Assembly Church on Murray Drive. The food bank will be administered by the Tumbler Ridge Ministerial, and operated by New Life Assembly. Pastor George Rowe plans for a ribbon cutting ceremony when the food bank opens. Rowe has already received requests for donations of clothing and furniture, and would like to reiterate to the community that the food bank does not have the resources to open a thrift store, so items like furniture cannot be accepted.
The space allocated to the food bank is approximately 300 square feet. With the grant of $1500 received from the District of Tumbler Ridge, the shelves have been built using local labour, and wood purchased from TR Building Supplies. Part of the grant money has been used to purchase a freezer, so that perishable food items can be accepted.
When the doors open help will be available 24/7 by calling 242-3421 or by dropping by the church, which Pastor Rowe says will be open most days.
There are many drop off boxes and initiatives around town to stock the food bank shelves, and organizers are hoping that the community will be a part of the Family Assistance Program Launch.
The Mayors food drive will be December 3rd, and they will be assisted by the Cubs. Please make sure you have your nonperishable food items ready & the porch light on! The official toy drop off site is KC?S Dollar store.
There are a number of initiatives around town for the food bank project, giving everyone an opportunity to share the joy. A few of them are: Residents can participate in a fabulous baking contest (details in this issue) take nonperishables as admittance to the upcoming hockey game, or drop by the library with a food item.
If you need or know of someone who will be needing a food hamper this year please call 242-3475.