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Local food bank supports over 1,000 people in the Bradford West Gwillimbury community each month

Helping Hand Food Bank continues to fight the battle against food insecurity in our community
Bill Jermyn, member of Board of Directors

What started as a small Christmas fundraising effort over 30 years ago has become an integral organization in the fight against food insecurity here in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

With almost 70 dedicated volunteers and a full Board of Directors, Helping Hand Food Bank provides free groceries to community members in need of a helping hand, now supporting over 1,000 local individuals each month. 

“Over the past two years, I have seen first hand how vital the food bank is to our community. I have served seniors, people with disabilities, new immigrants, refugees, new parents and my neighbours...the list is endless. The fear of food insecurity is gut-wrenching and should not be experienced by anyone,” said Laura Simons, Volunteer Coordinator at Helping Hand Food Bank.

The organization provides a prepackaged bag model that includes a checklist of items that clients may choose from. The options range from canned goods to fresh foods like produce, meat, milk, eggs and margarine. 

“They are given the package appropriate for single, couple or family size - no questions asked,” said Executive Director Carolyn Khan.

“We wouldn't be the food bank we are today without the hard work of our volunteers. Our board of directors are the most dedicated people I've ever known and they make our food bank the success it is,” said Carolyn.

The organization has added a bi-weekly delivery service allowing all individuals in the community to access the food bank resources.

“I am amazed by the energy and hours of service that so many volunteers have provided for years! It is their effort, dedication and kindness that ensures the Food Bank is able to meet the growing needs of our community,” said Laura.

As Helping Hand Food Bank grows, so does its goals. The organization will be relocating to from its current location at 123 Moore Street to the former Bradford Public School, where it will act as the anchor unit in Bradford’s new community hub site. 

If you would like to support the work of our local food bank, click here to make a secure donation online, here for food donations or if you wish to become a volunteer, please click here

Stay up-to-date on what is happening at the food bank by visiting their Facebook page.