WHO WE ARE
Monetary and food donations help us to nourish local families by providing groceries through our food hamper program. Being the food distribution centre for this area, we also donate surplus provisions to other organizations and churches that provide hot meals for those in need.
When the Helping Hand Food Bank started in 1991 cans, boxes and non-perishables were staples of our operations. Today, the reality is much different, 68% of all food we distribute is fresh or frozen.
This shift – from boxes and cans to fresh and frozen – means we have had to change how we handle food donations. With your help, we are now able to provide healthier food options to those in our community struggling to put food on the table; But along with the fresh and frozen foods we always provided canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, canned pasta, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, crackers, beans, rice, stew and diced tomatoes.
Helping Hand Mission Statement:
To provide nourishment and hope to those we serve, and an opportunity for our community to share.
To act as a front-line agency assisting those struggling to make ends meet
To act as a food warehouse and to work with other agencies that assist people in need
We are members of Feed Ontario and Food Banks Canada. We have signed and adhere to the code of ethics of both organizations.
The Helping Hand Food Bank has nine major objectives:
To distribute food and food-related products to those requiring assistance
To accept donations of food and food-related products
To accept donations of money or other property
To collect, inspect, and store items for distribution
To co-operate with other organizations that have similar objectives
To serve as a common contact point for various and diverse segments of the Tillsonburg community
To reduce the stress on social service agencies and churches by providing co-ordination and support in the distribution of food
To ensure that support and information are consistently available, to help guarantee the appropriateness of emergency programs
To work with other groups towards a solution to the problem of poverty in Canada
AGENCIES WE HELP
We help other groups and agencies:
Other food banks, the Salvation Army, St. Paul’s United Church community suppers, Avondale United Church community suppers, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Faith Presbyterian Church community suppers, STICH Supper Club(Stronger Together Ingersoll Harvest Club)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Anyone can contribute food to feed their hungry neighbours!
At this point in time due to Covid-19, we are asking for gift cards purchased from the area grocery stores to help us stock our shelves. If you have a donation of non-perishable food for the Helping Hand Food Bank, you can drop it off at the food bank during our hours of operation.
To avoid waste or rejection of your donation, please refrain from donating items past their expiry date, vitamins or over the counter medications (eg. Tylenol, cold medicine, etc.), home baked goods, or food prepared in a home environment (such as personally wrapped meats, opened food items, or food not in its original container/packaging). If the food being donated is something that you would not be willing to eat yourself or is past its best-before date, please consider donating something else.