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Heather Killen
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Bridgetown food bank needs help finding a new place to call home

The Feed Nova Scotia truck makes regular deliveries to food banks across the province, including the stop int Bridgetown.

The Bridgetown and Area Food Bank is looking for a place to call home, at least until something permanent comes along.

Lisa Fleet, food bank chair, says that over the past 20 years, the food bank has moved about a half-dozen times and at the end of August, it’s moving again from its temporary spot at the former Gordon Providence Church.

“We are possibly looking at moving into the basement at the legion, but basements are not the best places to store food,” she said. “We’re looking at every possibility, but we’re hoping to find an empty commercial space, near the bus route, that has a back entrance.”

Last year the food bank relocated to the church from its longtime location on Bay Rd. This was a temporary measure to keep it open; a space to use while the church was listed for sale.

Now the food bank volunteers are hunting for another spot, if something suitable doesn’t come up, they may be forced to temporarily shut their doors. Fleet says that about 60 families rely on the food bank each month, some of these are single person households, but many include children.

“We see people from every walk of life,” she said. “Everyone from seniors who just can’t make ends meet, to people with large families.”

This food bank serves residents from Lawrencetown through Granville Ferry, extending to both mountains. The next nearest food banks are in Nictaux, Kingston and Annapolis Royal, a fair distance for anyone relying on bus service.

One of the factors driving many to the food bank is the high cost of maintaining older homes. Fleet said many seniors find it difficult to live on the benefits they receive.

“Until I started working here, I didn’t realize how many were living in poverty,” she said. “People would be surprised how many are affected. It’s your neighbours, it’s your grandmother who doesn’t have toilet paper.

Fleet said that people are grateful for the help they receive and often it’s the little things that bring the biggest smiles.  A bottle of Cheez Whiz, a box of Kleenex, laundry detergent, a toothbrush and toothpaste are treats when you are pinching every penny.

“We try to help as much as we can, but we are sometimes limited to what we can do,” she said. “We give fresh vegetables and meat when we have it

When the food bank started in 1994, it was operating out of the Anglican church and over the years, it moved several times. Fleet says the community offers generous support, and it receives regular shipments from Feed Nova Scotia.

“Without the local churches and the kids at our local schools, we wouldn’t be here,” she said. “This is a great community.”

For more information, or to offer assistance please call 665-2858.

Organizations: Area Food Bank, Gordon Providence Church, Kingston and Annapolis Royal Anglican church

Geographic location: Bridgetown, Bay Rd, Lawrencetown Granville Ferry Nictaux

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