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Elmvale & District Food Bank Officially Opens New Location

Elmvale & District Food Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will appear here on the public site.

Township of Springwater / November 18, 2020 – The Elmvale & District Food Bank has officially opened their doors to clients at their new location following a small, physically distanced ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.The new facility, located at 62 Yonge St N, was constructed to address some of the challenges experienced at their previous location in the Elmvale Community Hall, including food storage issues, privacy concerns and accessibility barriers. The new facility is located within close proximity to the Simcoe County LINX Transit system, has ample parking, a private interview room and plenty of storage space.

The Elmvale & District Food Bank is a registered charity, which began operating out of a small space at the Elmvale Lions Hall in the early 1990s. Since their inception they have moved locations several times, as they continue to outgrow their space. Run by a team of volunteers, the Food Bank serves the Township of Springwater and the surrounding area and they continue to see an increasing need in the community year over year. In the first 10 months of 2020, the Food Bank has seen a 35% increase in usage when compared to 2019.

In February 2019, the Township committed to a one-time capital contribution of $100,000 towards the construction of a new facility and the Food Bank has fundraised $100,000. The municipality also agreed to front end the necessary funds in excess of $200,000 to be repaid over a period of up to 10 years.

“We are thrilled to have a permanent space where we can provide services to our clients,” says Debra McLean, Director of the Elmvale & District Food Bank. “Our new space is bright, organized and spacious and it provides dignity for our clients through the use of a confidential interview space. Thank you to Springwater Township Council for their support and encouragement throughout this project. The Food Bank would also like to acknowledge the generous financial support received from the Elmvale Lions Club, Flos-Elmvale Firefighters Association, Township of Tiny Lions Club, HydroOne and Elmvale Home Hardware Building Centre.” “The Township is pleased to support the important work the Food Bank does in our municipality,” says Mayor Don Allen, Springwater Township. “The volunteers at the Food Bank work tirelessly to ensure no one in our community goes hungry. This new building provides them with the space to serve their clients more effectively. This year has shown that anyone can suffer from food insecurity, and the Food Bank is there to provide people with a helping hand when they need it most.”  The Elmvale & District Food Bank operates Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Emergency service is available by calling 705-322-9096.

 

Retired Teacher of Ontario – Simcoe District 17-Unit 1 (Barrie and Elmvale)  Christmas Donations – Nov 2020  

Unit One executive made decisions by email to support the less fortunate at this time of coronavirus ‘restrictions’.  Many of our members work in our communities as volunteers in caring for others, and we salute their efforts.   We know that the retired teacher community in Elmvale and Barrie would want us to assist them in reaching out to others during this difficult Christmas season.    

Anniversary:: Elmvale Presbyterian Church is celebrating 160 years of serving the Elmvale community. An anniversary is a time to look back at the past and remember the events and milestones of things that have happened but more importantly it is also a time to look to the future… to where we are going. Our building is merely brick and mortar but the people it houses make it a vital part of the Elmvale community.

Anniversary Sunday has always been special in that people have been invited to the Sunday service to renew friendships and fellowship over a meal. This year is different because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Attendance is restricted and there will be no fellowship over a meal but we are still celebrating only in a different way. We have a special speaker for this Sunday, the Reverend Dr. Karen Horst and we invite everyone from the community to join us on-line in our celebration. The service will be posted on the church website on Sunday afternoon.

May the 160th Anniversary be a sign of Elmvale Presbyterian’s continued good work and blessed ministry in the community.

“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” Psalm 79:13 ESV