Peninsula Food and Clothing Bank

The Peninsula Food and Clothing Bank continues to operate out of the Kingston Parish Hall under the management of Leonard Wilkins and Tammy Waddell.  Our board members continue from year to year, most churches are represented on the board.  The board meets on an "as needed” basis about six times a year.

The board has decided that there will be only one Saturday a month designated to give out food boxes.  This decision was made in keeping with the practices of the other food banks in the area.  The clothing bank will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month and the food bank will be open on the third Saturday only.  Emergency food boxes can still be obtained if there is a need.  Tammy continues to spend many hours sorting clothing, stocking shelves with food and keeping the clothing bank attractively stocked and welcoming.  We are so grateful for all her hard work.  She recently visited the KV Food Bank and came back with some ideas that she immediately put into practice.

We have not had a great deal of food coming in for the past year.  Outdated food continues to be put on the table in the hall vestibule-with an appropriate sign-and people do help themselves.  Our monetary donations have not been as good the past six months, we have a much lower bank balance this year as a result.  The food bank feeds about 20 clients a month and gives out about 40 food boxes at Christmas, fewer at Easter and Thanksgiving.  Some have suggested going back to the Feed the Hungry donations which we used to ask the community for in the fall.  We found that almost half the food collected needed to be thrown out as it was expired.  We are once again asking churches for donations of food and money.  They have been so generous in the past.

We continue to get wonderful support from local groups on the Peninsula and beyond-among them Macdonald Consolidated School, United Church Women, Peninsula Friendship Club, Peninsula Pearls, Summerville Card party Group and the Hampton Hoedowners.  We have also gotten generous cheques from the new Foodland 50/50 draw and the Quispamsis Lions Club.  ln October the Kitchen Party group held a fundraiser for us and raised $377.50 and in November the Peninsula Ambulance Crew had a fundraiser at Sobeys and took in food donations and $438.00.  People shopping at Sobeys continue to be generous in their donations to our food box there.  We are so grateful to all these organizations for all their help.  We continue to use the Hampton Herald to get out messages to peninsula people with regard to hours, fundraisers, etc.

Our opening balance on January 1st of 2016 was $3,793.73 deposits this year were $4,449.10, expenses this year were $6,390.47, leaving a balance in the bank of $1,852.36 on Dec 31st, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Turgeon, Secretary Treasurer

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