The Bracebridge Manna Food Bank is reminding that food insecurity remains a reality for some in Muskoka even in the summer.
With the availability of seasonal employment opportunities in the warmer months, the number of clients requesting help from the Manna Food Bank of Bracebridge is traditionally not as high as it is during the busy winter months. But because food insecurity remains a reality for some here now, they are asking people to consider making a donation to the Manna Food Bank to assist those in need.
The food bank reports that about 600 families in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes and beyond accessed the food bank last year.
They say this represents about 5,000 individuals, a third of whom are children.
The reasons their clients require a helping hand are many.
It could be employment-related (job loss, precarious or under-employment), high housing costs, accident, illness or a combination of issues. Some of their clients are seniors whose OAS or ODSP is simply not sufficient to make ends meet. The majority of their clients only come once or twice to help them through a difficult time.
Volunteer Run, Community Funded
Whatever their need, Manna is there to serve them, all year round.
The food bank is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, between 1 and 4 p.m. weekly.
Manna functions entirely through the efforts of their dedicated and caring volunteers; they do not have any paid employees. Their funding is entirely through donations of this amazingly generous community.
How to Help
If you are able to support them in their efforts, donations can be made:
Online by going to our webpage mannafoodbank.ca, or
Mail a cheque to: Manna Food Bank, P.O. Box 462, Bracebridge ON P1L 1T8.
Receipts are given for all financial donations, and if they have your email address, it can be provided electronically.
Donations of food are also greatly appreciated.
Items in continuous demand include peanut butter, mac and cheese, breakfast cereal and canned fish. Food donations must be unopened, undamaged and within their expiry dates. Drop boxes for non-expired, non-perishable items are located at Gagnon’s Your Independent Grocer, Food Basics, the Bracebridge Sportsplex, Bracebridge Town Office at 1000 Taylor Court, and many of the local churches.