Food bank filled for holidays

Ryan Spence (left) of Field Good Farms dropped off over 100 lbs of vegetables for the West Nipissing Food Bank on Dec. 14. President Don Clendenning (right) says they’re thankful for all that have contributed to the food bank over the holiday season and he looks forward to another good year in 2022.

The West Nipissing Food Bank is well stocked from the endless generosity of locals as the year draws to a close. 

This last month has seen thousands of dollars and kilos of food contributed from various community organizations and individuals alike. 

On Dec. 10, Moose FM’s Radiothon raised over $10,000 and 100 lbs of non-perishable food items in support of the food bank. The following day, the Ministry of Natural Resources held their food drive at No Frills, collecting $2,626.50 and an estimated 500 lbs of food.

The following week, Field Good Farms dropped off over 700 lbs of vegetables – potatoes, carrots, onions and beets – from this year’s harvest to help out the local food bank. The farm, run by Isabelle and Ryan Spence, collected contributions in order to donate 100 veggie baskets to food banks here and in North Bay.

“When we’ve got the bounty, it’s nice to be able to share it and what better place than in our community,” says Ryan.

The food bank also received donations from dozens of individuals who were in the giving spirit of the holiday.

“I would like to thank all who have contributed to the food bank: the OPP, MNR, Paul & Nancy’s No Frills, Metro, Caisse Populaire and the list goes on,” says president Don Clendenning. “We have been blessed by the generosity in all levels of commerce – even those who have suffered and closed down. We need also to thank the entire community – your generosity and commitment to help those less fortunate has been an ongoing effort which is truly amazing. On behalf of myself, the board of directors, all of our essential volunteers and all those whom we serve… we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year.”

The final food bank day of the year was on Dec. 15, where 113 households were served in time for the holidays. 

Check below for the entire 2022 West Nipissing Food Bank schedule.

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