The new food bank location will open on December 7th and will be located at 86 Ringwood Dr. The new location consists of two units, one for storage and receiving and another for distribution.
Despite serving the community for 25 years, the previous rural location was far away from most residents living in the community of Stouffville. With the new location in the middle of town, access has increased greatly, Wells said.
“The new Ringwood site offers greater access to those who are dependent on others for transportation to the old site,” said co-ordinator Joan Doble. “The one floor allows easier client access with a comfortable meeting room and a larger space.”
It was back in November 2015 that the new location was announce and construction has taken a year to be completed as the food bank had to comply with regulation and permits from the town. SMC Project Realization and Management undertook the contract to renovate and retrofit the new location.
Currently there are eight members of the food bank board, Wells included. Members volunteer their time and the holiday season gets particularly busy with personal commitments as well as food bank responsibilities.
“We will have a big opening in the New Year; we want to get the feel of it first,” Wells said.
The food bank operates solely with community support and no government funding.
The Stouffville Legion (150 Mostar St.) is hosting a “Jingle Mingle” to collect food donations for the food bank on Friday, Dec. 2. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For more information about the event call 416-881-2934
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