A spokesman for the Yarmouth Food Bank says the organization is in pretty good shape – thanks to some solid community support – but he acknowledges the winter months tend to be leaner so he encourages people to keep them in mind after the holiday rush is over.
Rev. A.D. (Bill) Newell, chair of the Yarmouth Food Bank committee, said a number of community efforts have helped keep the food bank shelves stocked, which is common in the period leading up to Christmas.
“Things are going quite well,” Rev. Newell said. “We’ve had several good food drives this fall.”
Contacted on Dec. 13, he said a couple of schools were going to be dropping off food and he noted that the RCMP were planning an event later that week to help the food bank.
And while the food bank usually gets a good deal of attention as the holidays get closer – with various organizations and businesses doing their part to help – the spotlight can fade during the winter, even though the food bank remains busy helping people in need.
“The challenge is going to be January, February, into March,” Rev. Newell said. “That’s always a challenging time, but our finances are good as well, so we’re able to supplement (the food supply) by ordering stuff.”
The Yarmouth Food Bank gets about 310 clients per month using the facility, representing perhaps 650 to 700 people all told, he said.
Asked about the food bank’s new location on Herbert Street, he said it seems to be working well.
“We’re getting settled in,” he said. “The clients seem to appreciate it. Of course, we can get more inside, but also the way they’re served, it’s not as congested as it was at the other place, so it flows much smoother.”
Prior to opening at its new location in late September, the food bank had operated in downtown Yarmouth – just off Glebe Street – for three decades, but issues with that site prompted the organization to find a new home.