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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Hampers Need To Be Filled

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

The Sharing Place Food Bank in Orillia says usage is not down.

While there has been a six per cent drop in the number of people using Ontario food banks this year compared to 2015,  the same cannot be said for Orillia.

Emily Wilson,  Outreach Coordinator for the Sharing Place Food Bank says usage is up significantly and donations are down very significantly.

The Ontario Association of Food Banks says 335,000 people in the province used a food bank every month in 2016.

14-hundred individuals a month came through the doors of the food bank in Orillia this year.

The Sharing Place is seeking donations for its Christmas hampers and hundreds of them will be donated to families and singles during December.

The most needed items are cereals,  dietary supplements,  peanut butter and canned fish.

Wilson says Orillia has the highest rate of poverty in Simcoe County.

Some clients access the food bank month after month, while she says just as many don't, but may have fallen on hard times and are in need.

Donations of food items can be dropped off at Sunshine 89 at 490 West Street North,  the Sharing Place at 22 West Street South, or you can go to:  http://www.sharingplaceorillia.org/index.php

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