During the week of the 21st of June, the fifth round of Emergency Food Hampers were assembled and delivered to over 1600 houses in Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Akwesasne. This was a great team effort led by the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area and the United Way/Centraide SDG.
This was made possible with funding from the City of Cornwall through the Social Services Relief Fund (provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs). Hampers were distributed to some of the most vulnerable in the community and included varying foods such as apples, rice, peanut butter, ground beef, pasta, cereal, tuna, bread, milk and more. Boxes were made for households of different sizes, and also included fun snacks for children like Gushers and Granola bars.
The project would not have been possible without the use of the old Home Hardware building on 13th Street for one week to assemble all of the food boxes for deliveries throughout SDG. We are also grateful for all of the generous volunteers who gave their time and effort, and the businesses and organizations who provided the team with the resources and manpower to successfully complete another round of Food Hampers.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those who helped made this round of Food Hampers possible, including:
- Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area – To Carilyne Hébert and team for their continued support in managing the logistics, volunteers, food purchase, distribution, self-referrals and agency referrals.
- Regional Emergency Response Council – For ensuring their clients received the food hampers and everyone who took the time to volunteer to help with assembly and distribution.
- . Volunteers (individuals, service clubs such as Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, and other organizations outside of the RERC) – For volunteering to prepare and deliver boxes during the week of June 21st. There are many people who volunteered for multiple days and we’re so grateful for your time.
- Kriska Transportation (Cornwall) – For donating the refrigerated tractor trailer to ensure our temperature sensitive food items remained fresh during the week.
- City of Cornwall – For donating the equipment needed to carry out the organisation of various food items, and for helping in picking up and delivering grocery carts from FreshCo for volunteers to use to pack boxes.
- Giant Tiger Cornwall, James and Jenn’s No Frills, Nutrigroupe and Cardinal & Son Wholesale Meats – For the majority of the food that was packed in over 1600 hampers.
- FreshCo Cornwall – For donating the bags and shopping carts necessary for the creation of the Hampers.
- Leclerc – For donating cookies and granola bars for the hampers.
- Sunbelt Rentals – For donating over $1,000 of equipment needed and for donating their time to pack hampers.
- Visual Vinyl and Print – For donating the signage.
- Dairy Queen – For donating free blizzard cards to treat our amazing volunteers.
- Demolition Plus – For lending us the traffic cones to make the drive through.
- Simplex – For giving us a reduced rate for renting carts.
- J. J. Stewart & Son Holding Ltd. – For letting us use such a great space for the week, and to Kim Stewart (President) who was very generous and helped us a lot.