SHUBENACADIE: “I feel like I’m floating.”
Those are all of the words that Faye Curry with Shumilacke Food Bank could muster moments after being selected as the recipient charity of 100 Women who Care East Hants’ Sept. 6 meeting.
Shumilacke was given $6,100 from the women in attendance. They were one of three charities nominated prior to selection. The Community Mental Health Association Colchester/East Hants Branch and the Elmsdale Futureworx were also nominated for the honour. The two unselected nominees are now placed back into the running for selection at an upcoming meeting.
The Shumilacke food bank has more than 200 families registered and feeds more than 2,000 people annually.
More than 60 per cent of the people they support use the food bank six times annually, and of those users, 63 per cent are either single, or are single parents.
“That’s so frightening,” said Curry.
Thirty-five extremely dedicated volunteers fun the facility, located on the Mill Village Road in Shubenacadie. It is open every Friday from 1-3:30 p.m. On top of their weekly food donations, Shumilacke also supports upwards of 95 families with Christmas dinner boxes, including all of the trimmings; give upwards of 35 backpacks full of school supplies out at the beginning of the year, run the Wish Tree gift program for children at Christmas time, and have a coat program in partnership with the Shriners. Curry says that is one of her favourite parts of the organization.
“One chilly day last fall, a family came in and they had a little girl all bundled up and chilled and I was wondering why she didn’t have a coat on, she had on little shorts and a sweater and I said, ‘aren’t you cold, you didn’t want to put your coat on?’ ‘I don’t have one, she said.'”
“So that was a good day. She went home with a new coat, and she told us it was the first time she ever had a new coat. That made our day.”
And now, Curry says they will have many more bright days ahead thanks to this donation. She says while some will go to helping with everyday expenses, this money is mostly earmarked for bettering food donations given out.
“We would like to be able to supply proper meat. At one point this summer we gave hot dogs, hot dogs are not a proper meat,” she said after finding out Shumilacke was selected.
“This should keep us going in either ground chicken or beef—which you can stretch further than anything else, for the rest of the year.”
The next meeting of the 100 Women who Care East Hants is set for Dec. 6 at the Milford Recreation Centre.
Mindy LeBlanc spoke to the group of women present about some other exciting news about the organization. They have been selected as a nominee for Community Booster by the East Hants and Districts Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming awards gala. Voting can happen online at the chamber’s website, https://www.ehcc.ca/.