Food bank gets big haul at flu clin­ics

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

The chair of the Labrador West Min­is­te­rial Food Bank Board is de­lighted with the amount of food col­lected dur­ing re­cent flu vac­cine clin­ics held at United Steel­work­ers Union Hall.

“We don’t have ev­ery­thing counted yet but we be­lieve we have over 750 (food) items that we’ll be or­ga­niz­ing to­mor­row and get­ting over to the food bank,” Bill Burt said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view on Oct. 30.

Labrador-Gren­fell Health of­fered the flu vac­cine clin­ics from Oct. 22-25.

Burt said the clin­ics have been held in the United Steel­work­ers Union Hall for sev­eral years.

While there’s no re­quire­ment for peo­ple to bring along a food item, he said, peo­ple have got­ten used to do­ing it.

Peo­ple also do­nated money dur­ing the food drive, he said.

Burt said this time of year, head­ing into the Christ­mas sea­son, is a great time to get do­na­tions for the food bank.

“We have many food drives and they are al­ways a help,” he said.

Food Bank co-or­di­na­tor Re­becca Burke said the num­ber of peo­ple avail­ing of the food bank has dou­bled since 2014. Fac­tors for the in­crease in­clude ev­ery­thing from a strug­gling econ­omy to in­creases in the cost of gro­ceries and hous­ing, she said.

Burke said res­i­dents of Labrador West con­tinue to do­nate and con­trib­ute to the food bank.

The food bank is also lucky to have a great group of vol­un­teers who work with board mem­bers to en­sure clients are al­ways taken care of, she said.

“And we are for­tu­nate that the min­is­te­rial helps and pur­chases the sta­ple items we re­quire,” she said.

Burke also wanted to let res­i­dents know that there is a new drop-off box at IGA which makes do­nat­ing to the food back that much eas­ier.

USW 5795 Pres­i­dent Ron Thomas con­firmed that his union of­fers the space for the flu vac­cine clin­ics to LabradorGren­fell Health free of charge.

Wanda Slade, se­nior di­rec­tor at the Labrador West Health Cen­tre, said “LabradorGren­fell Health is com­mit­ted to work­ing with the com­mu­ni­ties we serve and rec­og­nize the value that these col­lab­o­ra­tions pro­vide to the pop­u­la­tion.”

In a state­ment about the an­nual sea­sonal flu clin­ics, Slade thanked the com­mu­nity health nurses who or­ga­nize and pro­mote the food drive at the clin­ics. She also ap­plauded mem­bers of the food bank and the USW for the work they do each year to as­sist their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Nu­tri­tion has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on our health, and con­tri­bu­tions to com­mu­nity food banks are al­ways wel­come, and a pos­i­tive way to give back to the com­mu­nity,” Slade said.

SUB­MIT­TED

From left, Pam Dean, Karla Mor­ris­sey, Meaghan Mil­ley, Bill Burt and Bev­erly Ma­her dis­play­ing food col­lected dur­ing Labrador Gren­fell Health’s flu vac­cine clin­ics which took place Oct. 22-25 at the United Steel­work­ers Union Hall in Labrador City.

SUB­MIT­TED

A new do­na­tion placed at IGA. drop-off box

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