New Food Share Team Leader

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Com­mu­nity Food Share (CFS) of Dun­das and Stor­mont Coun­ties has hired Jane Schoones of Russell as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s new Team Leader.

Com­mu­nity Food Share is a reg­is­tered char­ity that helps fight hunger by dis­tribut­ing food and sun­dries from two food banks in Winch­ester and Mor­ris­burg as well as food cup­boards in Finch and Crysler.

Each lo­ca­tion is staffed by a food-client co­or­di­na­tor with a num­ber of vol­un­teers as­sist­ing on each shift. The lo­ca­tions in Winch­ester and Mor­ris­burg are open Mon­day, Wednesday and Thurs­day. Finch has a one-day-aweek food cup­board open on Thurs­day and the Crysler food cup­board serves clients in Stor­mont twice-a-month on the first and third Wed­nes­days of the month.

Ad­di­tion­ally, CFS ad­vo­cates for their client’s ac­cess to ba­sic en­ti­tle­ments, ser­vices and of­fers pro­grams that sup­port nu­tri­tional aware­ness.

“The Dun­das and Stor­mont Com­mu­nity Food Share serves a very large com­mu­nity,” says Jane Schoones. “We pro­vide food, us­ing the client choice model, to ap­prox­i­mately 336 house­holds ev­ery month, rep­re­sent­ing nearly 1000 in­di­vid­u­als - in­clud­ing more than 375 chil­dren.”

Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1992, Com­mu­nity Food Share has distribute­d emer­gency food aid to the res­i­dents in need. The food is pro­vided through gen­er­ous do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses through­out the com­mu­nity. Many cor­po­rate donors pro­vide food that was not sold due to over-pro­duc­tion or that has slightly dam­aged pack­ag­ing.

Mone­tary do­na­tions are used to pur­chase spe­cific food items that help balance the nu­tri­tional value of the food distribute­d to those in need. Toi­letries and baby items are also in high de­mand.

Jane Schoones

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