New Waterford food bank loses home
The community centre that houses New Waterford's food bank is closing, leaving volunteers with cans of food but no shelves to put them on.
The food bank has operated rent-free out of the Carmel Centre for 15 years. But with a deficit of $30,000 and no new funding in sight, the centre must close, said an official.
"We had some funding. We were able to do a number of activities here that would generate revenue. But over the years we found that our ability to generate revenue has just consistently decreased," said Sister Margie Gillis, executive director of the centre's board.
The centre will close in early April.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, which runs the food bank, plans to approach the local priest later this week to see if the Catholic Church can help.
Society president Anne Marie MacPherson said the timing is particularly bad.
"With the way the prices of groceries are going up, there's a desperate need in New Waterford for this food bank," she said.
Volunteer Leona Power hopes another home can be found for the food bank. She helps many of the 80-100 people who use it every week.
"Some of them come here, and I'm telling you, if you heard the stories, it would make your heart break," she said.
"I was here working one day and this lady came in and she walked a great distance to get here. And when I gave her groceries, she hugged me and she cried and I was crying."
The closure of the centre is leaving yoga, Gaelic language and other groups homeless too.