With the winter fast approaching, we are doing our due diligence to continually maintain proper Covid-19 protocols at the Food Bank. We have greatly minimized the number of physical items we receive and have been blessed with many donations of gift cards and monetary donations through our website.
As we prepare for our annual Christmas Drive, we thank everyone for helping us to maintain a safe space for our clients, our volunteers and our Operations Manager, and adhering to the protocols we have in place.
We wish to thank all of you for your donations, and please know how much we truly appreciate your continued support.
Stay healthy and stay safe.
Please be advised, we will be having our AGM on Monday, September 14th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Anyone wishing to virtually attend this meeting should touch base with Kristen Thompson on Monday via email to discuss your attendance and receive the link to the Zoom meeting. [email protected]
Thank you on behalf of the West Muskoka Food Bank Board Members.View Article
To all of our very generous supporters, in light of all of the precautions being take to flatten the curve of Covid-19, we will not be accepting food donations at this time. We will, however, need your continued support and ask, if you are able, to donate through CanadaHelps so we can continue our new practice of buying in bulk to lessen person to person contact. You can click on the “Donate Money” tab on our site.
We remain diligent in taking every action necessary to keep our clients, our volunteers and our staff as safe as possible while still providing food and necessary items to our clients. We expect our numbers to increase during this pandemic.
Please stay safe, stay well and continue to practice social distancing and self-isolation for at least two weeks if you are returning from any destination.View Article
DEAR WEST MUSKOKA FOOD BANK USERS:
DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE, WE WILL BE CHANGING HOW WE DISTRIBUTE GROCERIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE;
GROCERIES WILL BE PRE-PACKED IN A BOX AND LEFT OUTSIDE THE FOOD BANK TO BE PICKED UP DURING REGULAR FOOD BANK HOUR TIMES. PLEASE ABIDE BY THESE NEW GUIDELINES.
YOUR PRE-PACKED BOX WILL CONTAIN A MINIMUM OF:
FRESH MILK, EGGS, CHEESE AND BREAD
1-4 CANNED ITEMS (E.G. SOUPS, STEWS, BEANS, FISH, VEGETABLES)
WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE ANY UPDATES PER THE ABOVE AS THEY OCCUR. TOGETHER WE CAN ALL DO OUR PART TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AND HEALTHY.View Article
We wanted to wish you all a very happy new year and thank you all for your generosity in 2019. We saw a great number of people come through our doors last year and we appreciate your continued support. Our shelves are currently well-stocked but our efforts don’t stop there and those shelves will empty faster than you think.
We have other funds to help those who to continue to struggle throughout the long winter months and we rely on continued financial donations to help keep those funds going and help our fellow community members.
Please visit the Donate tab on our site to make a monetary donation in support of those funds. A tax receipt will be issued from Canada Helps at the time of your donation.
May we all be blessed with good health and kind hearts.View Article
With winter now fully upon us, we want you to be aware of our winter weather policy to advise of our procedure for bad weather days. Please click on the link below. We hope to open for our regular hours as often as we can but we also want to keep our clients and our volunteers safe this winter.View Article
We are busily preparing for our upcoming Christmas Drive on Wednesday, December 18th. We have been receiving many generous donations of non-perishable items, monetary donations and toys to make Christmas a special day for all of our clients. The Dads of Muskoka continue to be a large part of our Christmas drive and we couldn’t be more grateful for their spirit of giving and their hands-on help packing boxes with the Christmas meals they provide.
Your generosity, as well, continues to help us succeed. We would be nowhere without the donations we receive, not only during the holiday season but, all year round.
We continue to feel blessed and thank you all for your continued support. This year, the Christmas Concert at the Community Centre on December 21st will be accepting non-perishable items at the door.
We would like to thank Beverley Mahood, Tom Cross, Leah Daniels, The Agenda, Mac Shepherd and the many others who make this concert possible. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, December 3rd is GIVING TUESDAY. For each donation we receive on that day that is $25.00 or more, Canada Helps will donate $5.00 but only for donations made on that day. You can link to our donation page AND receive a tax receipt as well. Stay tuned for more details and mark your calendars for December 3rd. Your continued support is always appreciated.View Article
The “100 Women Who Care” movement was a simple idea created and nurtured by a woman named Karen Dunigan in 2006. Its initial purpose was to supply cribs to women bringing home newborns with no cribs for them to sleep. She invited 100 women and they each donated $100.00 or more to help struggling families provide a safe place for their children to sleep. The meeting resulted in a $12,800.00 fund to help these families.
Karen created and helped to develop ‘100 Women Who Care’ and this program now boasts 600 fully operational chapters and another 250, or more, currently under development and they now include people’s, men’s, kid’s and teen’s chapters.
Muskoka is blessed to have its own women’s chapter and, last week, the West Muskoka Food Bank was the recipient of the group’s quarterly vote to receive their donation.
We cannot begin to tell you how much this generous donation means to the Food Bank. Recently, we have created a new initiative to compliment the service we already offer to our community members and this donation will help us to go beyond supplying food to our clients.
We will share more about this initiative when we have fully developed its guidelines but we are excited to create another way to help our fellow community members in their time of need. We are all neighbors helping neighbors.
Thank you again to the Muskoka Chapter of ‘100 Women Who Care’. Your support means the world to us and we are truly grateful for your donation!View Article
Christmas is a wonderful time of year but it can also be a very difficult time of year for many families. With the help of volunteers, community groups and individual donations, we helped over eighty families and gave them a full Christmas dinner, toys to put under their tree and the feeling that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in our community.
We would like to thank the following groups as well as all of the people who volunteered their time at the Food bank, picked up food items or clothing, dropped off toys and delivered meals to those without transportation:
Dads of Muskoka
Glen Orchard Public School
Rosseau Lake College
Port Carling Dental
South Muskoka Shield Hockey Team
Ontario Realtors Care Foundation
Women’s Shoebox Project
Peninsula Lions Club
Rotary Club of Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes
Port Carling Lions Club
St Marks/St Johns Anglican Church
St James Anglican Church
Church of the Kettles
Port Carling Fire Department
Windermere Fire Department
Zion Presbyterian, Torrance
Bala Post Office
Trinity All-Saints in Bala
Port Carling United Church
Shamrock Lodge Toy Drive
There are a few late additions we omitted and would like to include – Canadian Tire Gravenhurst, Seniors Dinner-Bala, Youth Friends Association of Canada, the Food and Financial Drive, Township of Muskoka Lakes, Bala Firefighters Association and all the residents of Port Carling who supported the Fire Departments Christmas Eve Food Drive on the fire truck.
We thank you all for your continued support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019.
We are busy pulling together the last pieces needed to make our Christmas Food Drive a success for another year. The Food Bank will be closed on the evening of Thursday, December 13th to allow us to set up for the drive on Friday.
The doors to the Food Bank will be open on Friday, December 14th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm so families can come to pick up the items for their Christmas dinners, shop for other needed items as well as pick out a few toys for the kids.
We are continually asking for donations, not just for the Christmas drive but for the year round success of the food bank and our ability to provide a warm and welcoming place for our community members. With thirteen percent of Muskoka residents living below the poverty level, the need is always there.
If you would like any more information about the Christmas Food Drive or the Food Bank in general, feel free to call our Operations Manager, Kristen Thompson, at 705-646-3997.View Article
There are only two weeks left until our annual Christmas Drive on December 14th. We will have more details next week but we are busy making preparations for another busy day of working with many local groups to provide everything our clients could need at Christmas, from turkey or ham dinners to toys.
We are also just steps away from having our new donation platform available on our website so people who wish to donate can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation to the Food Bank.
Stay tuned for more details.View Article
With the early onset of winter and the coldest November on record in Muskoka, we are reminded that Christmas day is only thirty-three days from today. The Board and the Volunteers at the West Muskoka Food Bank are busy making plans for our annual Christmas Drive which will take place on Friday, December 14th.
We depend on the support of countless people dedicated to helping our Christmas Drive be a great success. The generous donations we receive and the many individuals who spend countless hours organizing, shopping and setting up on the day of the drive make sure our fellow community members will have enough to create a Christmas for their families.
We have food depots at the Foodland in Port Carling, the Freshmart in Bala and the Bala Post Office. Port Carling Dental is also currently hosting a Food Drive for the benefit of the West Muskoka Food Bank. Monetary donations can be made through the PayPal account on our website or by sending cheques to West Muskoka Food Bank, 1054 Brown Road, Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0.
We appreciate your support and hope we can make this a Merry Christmas for all.
This Friday night, November 16th, the South Muskoka Shield Jr. “A” Hockey Club will be hosting a Food Drive during their game at the Port Carling arena. The game will begin at 7:45 pm.
All non-perishable items donated will go to the West Muskoka Food Bank. Come on out and cheer on the team while donating to a great cause. Community helping community is what it is all about. If you are unsure of what to donate, please have a look at the “Donate Food” portion of our website. With Christmas just around the corner, every little bit helps.
We have some exciting news! We are making great strides to finish moving our operation to the upper level of what was originally the Glen Orchard Community Centre.
With the financial assistance of our wonderful benefactors, we have purchased new shelving, new and more efficient freezers and we are setting up an office to better serve our community. Also, with the help of the MLA and their food drive to benefit the West Muskoka Food Bank and the constant support from our fellow community members, that new shelving with be overflowing with donated items.
But those donations don’t last long and we are continually in need of your support. The need increases each year and we are forever grateful for your assistance in helping our fellow residents. We are working on a new way to accept online donations to allow for one-time or recurring contributions on a monthly basis and we hope to have that in place very soon.
As always, we are constantly looking for volunteers to help us during the times the Food Bank is open to our clients. Those times are Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 am. If you have a few hours to spare on either of those days, please email us. Many hands make light work. We will also be looking for assistance during our Christmas Food Drive – details to follow soon.
We truly appreciate all of the assistance we have received to date and we will continue to do our best to make sure our fellow community members feel supported in every way we can.
The West Muskoka Food Bank would like to thank The Township of Muskoka Lakes, especially Roger Young and Jake Vincent, for helping us to achieve our goal of taking over the Glen Orchard Community Centre to expand our operation! Please see our Media Release below.
The need to serve our community continues and we cannot do it without your generous donations and the help of our volunteers. Please see our donation page to make a monetary donation or you can make donations of non-perishable food items at the Foodland in Port Carling and the Freshmart in Bala and the Bala Post Office.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact us at 705-646-3997.View Article
It is with heavy hearts that we write our latest post. On December 6th, 2017, surrounded by family, our co-founder and chairman, Dr. Terry Chute, passed away. Terry had always been a humanitarian and spent countless hours doing mission work in many different locations.
After witnessing the great success of the OPP Christmas Food Drive for over 20 years, Terry and his wife Marilyn saw that the need far exceeded just the Christmas season and they founded the West Muskoka Food Bank in 2011.
Our board of directors and group of volunteers have vowed to hold Terry’s vision for the West Muskoka Food Bank very close to our hearts. Terry’s vision was to grow the Food Bank to serve the growing number of families who need our help. Our mission now is carry on with Terry’s vision and see it through to its full potential.
We will continue to lean on the generosity of our volunteers. We will continue to nurture existing relationships with our benefactors and we will reach out to create relationships with new benefactors to be able to meet the needs of our fellow community members.
Rest in peace, Terry. You left us very big shoes to fill.View Article