Community Food Centre hub of flood relief
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | May 18, 2017
The Minden Community Food Centre continues to be an integral part of local flood relief efforts.
The centre, which is located at 24 Newcastle St., has made a second home at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena and Community Centre, where it has been serving midday meals to those battling flood waters or the people that have been helping them. Many have then joined them for an evening meal back at the centre. They are also providing frozen food.
Representative Marilynne Lesperance took a break from preparing one of those community dinners this past Saturday night to give The Highlander a tour of the food bank area where donated goods are beginning to pile up.
“People have been so kind,” Lesperance said.
Tim Hortons, for example, has donated 20 cases of juice in addition to frozen products. They provided a chili lunch this past Monday.
Hydro One employees donated $600 through their CanadaHelps initiative. The Minden branch of the Royal Canadian Legion chipped in $2,000 this past Friday. Canadian Tire has dropped off nine skids of bottled water. And, then, there are those who have walked in off of the street, including a farmer with 150 pounds of potatoes, a man from Lindsay with cartons of toilet paper, people from as far away as Hamilton with various things, from linens to toiletries.
And, the Lake Simcoe 4x4 Club turned up this past Saturday to deliver hot meals to many residents who were still trapped by the high water.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.