Cold weather keeps food bank busy

Dave Mathieson
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Items needed include toiletries, such as shampoo

Volunteers are busy at the Amherst food bank, including: (from left) Pat Howell, Jeff Marshall and Jennifer MacCallum.

AMHERST – Cold weather means more bills, and more bills means less money for food.

“The cold weather brings in a lot of people, so we’re very busy,” said Rev. Charlotte Ross of the Amherst Food Assistance Network. “People have to make decisions with regards to oil…they also have to pay power bills, which I think went up on Jan. 1.”

Cold weather also means catching the flu.

“People have to put money aside for cold medications and they don’t have money for other things they require,” said Ross.

About 35 families visited the Amherst food bank on Wednesday.

“We have some big families coming through the door, five or six kids, so if you took an average we have close to 100 people we’re going to feed today.”

Thanks to the generosity of people during Christmas the food bank shelves are currently quite full, “but it won’t take long for us to deplete the shelves when we have that amount of people coming through the door,” said Ross.

“We need juice, meats, and things like Cheez Whiz and Peanut Butter,” she added.

People also need things to run a household such as cleaning products.

“Right now we’re out of shampoo and we don’t have many toiletries, such as razors, shaving cream and all that kind of stuff,” said Ross.

People can drop off supplies at the Amherst food bank Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays.

There are also several drop of spots throughout town, including the Scotiabank main branch, the Credit Union, Sobey’s and Walmart.

“We are very thankful for everything people did over the Christmas season. It was very much appreciated and will help us out at this time,” said Ross. “But, as I said, as the numbers continue to be high and it takes a lot of food to feed that number of people on a regular basis.”






Organizations: Amherst Food Assistance Network, Scotiabank, Credit Union Walmart

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