New food bank shuttle service closer to reality

The Unemployed Help Centre received a $10,000 donation from members of Unifor Local 444 to help fund a shuttle service to the region's 15 food banks.

'Transportation has been a huge problem for a very long time,' says June Muir

Unifor Local 444 donates $10,000 to the Unemployed Help Centre to get its shuttle service going. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

A new shuttle service to help people get to and from Windsor region food banks could be up and running in the new year. 

The Unemployed Help Centre received a $10,000 donation from members of Unifor Local 444 to help fund the project that has been in the works for months. 

The shuttle service will help clients get to the 15 food banks throughout Windsor and Essex County. It will also help people get to the Help Centre, which offers a host of programs.

Dino Chiodo, president of Unifor Local 444, made the announcement on Windsor News Thursday evening.

"We are constantly trying to work with community partners, collaborating and trying to figure out ways we can do things with the community," he said. 

The help centre says there are a lot of programs and service county residents cannot access, due to a lack of transportation.

"We are in need of a shuttle because we have many clients that live in Belle River, that live in Essex County and there's no transportation come into the city," said June Muir, CEO of the Unemployed Help Centre.

"For some of the individuals that want to come to the classes here, they have to take a two hour bus ride – so that's discouraging. So now, we'll be able to pick them up."

Muir told CBC the help centre is looking to purchase and insure an eight-seat passenger van. 

The donation was not the only giving from Local 444 to the help centre. The union also delivered 6000 kilograms of food its members donated at the Fiat Chrysler assembly plant and the casino.

"Around this time of year they really come together, they know there's a need in the community." Chiodo said. They're just amazing individuals understanding that they're working, getting a paycheque and there's peoople without. And they dig deep and this is the type of results that we get."