REACHING OUT LOCALLY
The Food Shelf has been closed since March 2020 for the safety of our team members and those who visit. We are closely monitoring the needs of the community and considering options for re-opening when we are safely able to do so.
- We are assisting the Stratford House of Blessing and the Salvation Army by making financial contributions throughout the year. We also encouraged congregation members to consider supporting other Stratford Food Banks and The Local.
- In the fall of 2020 and during other times of gradual reopening, several volunteers from the committee were shopping, preparing and delivering Meal Kits to the St. James Anglican Church Food Bank every 1 -2 weeks. All work was done to ensure safety and under the guidance of the Re-entry Steering Committee.
- The Food Shelf began as a single shelf over 10 years ago and has now grown to a specialized room with 2 full size refrigerators and 2 freezers as we strive to meet the needs of our patrons.
- On average we serve 70-80 clients per month. The Avondale Food Shelf is open from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays.
- We interested in promoting good nutrition with a focus on providing healthy food choices – encouraging low salt, low sugar and low fat food items. We aim to continuously offer fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and fish, dairy items (i.e milk, cheese, eggs, and butter), whole grain bread as well as basic personal hygiene items. Dish and laundry detergent is purchased in bulk and we fill small donated jars for distribution. Donations have been paused during closure.
- We are so blessed to have the caring, support, and financial interest of the congregation of Avondale United Church. A thank you is extended to our congregation families who have asked that special birthday/ anniversary events or memorial donations in honour of a loved one, be directed to the Food Shelf.
- Special thanks to those from the community – Partners Paint and Paper (in the Swiss Chalet plaza) with their Donate and Save campaign, held in March and October, Hyde Construction, and the Grain Farmers of Perth County. Community groups that use the facilities at Avondale often give donations.
- We are most grateful for your ongoing donations of food items or financial support.
- Members of the Food Shelf Team are Carol Anne Doughty, Karen Edmonds, Marilyn Finnigan, Dawn Flowers, Eva May Gray, Maureen Pratley, and Susan Rae. Additional volunteers are involved as occasional Costco shoppers, back-up drivers for The Local & House of Blessing pickup, and Meal Kit preparation.