The Banque d’aliments Sudbury Food Bank held its annual fall give on Nov. 25, distributing more than $436,000 to its 44 member agencies to assist our region’s hungry.
The amount will assist the Food Bank partners in addressing hunger issues in their areas for the next six months.
The amount is $200,000 less than the member agencies had requested, the Food Bank told Sudbury.com.
“Although the Sudbury Food Bank recognizes this distribution of funds is $200,000 less than the amount requested by our member agencies, it is still a substantial amount of dollars to be distributed through the network to assist people facing hunger issues for the next 6 months,” the Food Bank said. “[We are] hoping to make up the shortfall, based on member agency requests, through our Holiday Christmas Campaign season.”
The Food Bank said it continues to see increased numbers of new people visiting local food banks and meal providers for assistance.
To date, the Sudbury Food Bank has distributed more than $11,334,939 in fundraising dollars to local food charities (food banks and meal provider programs) to purchase food.
“These volunteer-driven Member Agencies operate to supply a food safety net for individuals and families who are hungry in our region.”
In addition to the dollars distributed for food buying, the Food Bank has collected and distributed more than 8,243 tons (food value $52,920,000) of perishable and non-perishable food items since its inception “thanks to the incredible support of the people, partners, businesses in our communities and the hundreds of volunteers that give their time to make the programs successful.”
The Food Bank thanked all those members of the public who contribute to the it every year.
“We thank all the citizens of City of Greater Sudbury who allow us to continue our important work to feed the hungry and less fortunate in our region through their support.”