NORTH DUNDAS – Earlier this year Community Food Share was forced to deal with an unexpected expense. The furnace and air conditioner at the Winchester location had to be replaced at a cost of just over $8,000.
“Most of the funds we raise are used to purchase food for our clients,” says Administrator Ian McKelvie. “It is very important to us that we not redirect donations from the community to cover costs other than food. At the same time we couldn’t do without heat.”
Several community groups were approached with a special fundraising appeal. A total of $5,500 was raised with donations from the Finch & District Lions Club, Mountain & District Lions Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108, Chesterville & District Lions Club, Winchester & District Lions Club and the Chesterville Rotary Club.
“Now that we are at almost 70% of our goal,” said McKelvie, “we decided to try something different by launching our first GoFundMe campaign to raise the remaining $2,500. By asking the community to contribute to a special campaign we call ‘Fuel the Food Bank’ we will be able ensure that funds from our food budget will not be used to deal with this extraordinary expense.”
Donations to ‘Fuel the Food Bank’ can be made online at gofundme.com/fuel-the-foodbank. Cash donations can dropped at Community Food Share, 497 May Street in Winchester, during office hours.