For over 20 years the community of West Muskoka has come together for the annual OPP/ministerial Christmas Food Drive. This was very successful and allowed the community to distribute food hampers to approximately 60 families each year. But families are not only hungry at Christmas, so the West Muskoka Food Bank was formed in 2011 to address that need on a year round basis.
The First Muskoka Church at Glen Orchard on Muskoka Road 169 graciously offered a room from which we could operate and we have since moved to the Glen Orchard Community Centre to allow us more space. We are open every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and every Friday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Volunteers faithfully man the bank during open hours and also provide assistance with shopping, food donation pick-up, sorting and greeting clients.
We believe that our first priority is to maintain the dignity of our clients and so our service is confidential and requires no means test to access.
In 2017, our visits increased by 70% over the previous year, serving clients from Torrance, Bala, Mactier, Wahta, Port Carling, Moose Deer Point and Milford Bay. At this level, we believe that we are
only addressing a fraction of the need in our community. In order to address that need, we could use your help. Please consider a donation of money, food or your time to help us feed those among us who are less fortunate.
The Harry Debes Family Foundation
We could use more benefactors … how about you?