Editor, The Times:
The Christmas Campaign for 2012 is now underway. As we have done in the past we are counting on the community for its support. We are in need of food, funds and new toys and gifts.
We at the Food Bank had hoped the economy, job market and other conditions in the community would have evened out for this season. Unfortunately, this has not happened. Our stats keep growing – as of Sept. 30, 2012, we have given out 58 more monthly hampers than during the same time period last year. Our numbers are growing for November as well with many new clients looking for help. What is particularly alarming is the growth in the seniors’ population that is relying on the Food Bank for the first time.
With our numbers growing and our increased reliance on the National Food Share Program we have been forced to increase our space, which in turn, increased our rent. At a Food Bank, unlike most other areas in a community, growth represents a bad thing, a failure in our system.
Yet, again, we are appealing to this already generous community for help in making this season a little happier and healthier. We will prepare for 120 Christmas Hampers this year, compared to 110 last year.
Hamper applications will be available until Dec. 14 at the Food Bank. We are open Monday and Friday, 9a.m. to 12 noon.
If you would like to donate, volunteer, or are interested in sponsoring a family, please call us at 674-3402 or pop down to the Food Bank at 741 Clearwater Village Road.
Clearwater and District Food Bank