WINCHESTER — Community Food Share (CFS) of Dundas and Stormont Counties has hired Jane Schoones of Russell as their organization’s new Team Leader.
Community Food Share is a registered charity that helps fight hunger by distributing food and sundries from two food banks in Winchester and Morrisburg as well as food cupboards in Finch and Crysler.
Each location is staffed by a food-client coordinator with a number of volunteers assisting on each shift. The locations in Winchester and Morrisburg are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Finch has a one-day-a-week food cupboard open on Thursday and the Crysler food cupboard serves clients in Stormont twice-a-month on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Additionally, CFS advocates for their client’s access to basic entitlements, services and offers programs that support nutritional awareness.
“The Dundas and Stormont Community Food Share serves a very large community,” says the new Team Leader. “We provide food, using the client choice model, to approximately 336 households every month,representing nearly 1000 individuals – including more than 375 children.”
Schoones has taken on this new role after 30 years as a Teaching Assistant at Metcalfe Public School. This second career move fulfils her long-time passion for community service and fundraising. Her previous involvements include Black Rapids Farm Fest (2017), Plowing Fore a Cure (2016), Russell Ladies Night (2014-19), Abigail’s Playhouse (2004), The International Plowing Match (IPM 2001), the Canadian Country Music Awards (1999), and the Carrie Moffatt Heart Fund (1991),
“The Community Food Share is a remarkable organization and I am looking forward to doing my best to take it to the next level in serving our communities in Dundas and Stormont,” says Schoones.
Since its establishment in 1992, Community Food Share has distributed emergency food aid to the residents in need. The food is provided through generous donations from individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the community. Many corporate donors provide food that was not sold due to over-production or that has slightly damaged packaging.
Monetary donations are used to purchase specific food items that help balance the nutritional value of the food distributed to those in need. Toiletries and baby items are also in high demand.