The Portland Food Bank has been serving our community and surrounding areas for over 28 years. Presently it assists between 10 and 12 families twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday together with the Christmas Hamper given to 20 – 25 families. (more . . .)
The Portland Food Bank has been assisting our community and surrounding areas for over 28 years. Shirley Bryden started the Food Bank in the Township Office in Chantry in 1985 with two shelves and at that time was available to people in 6 Townships once every 2 weeks. The Christmas Hamper was created that same year and continues to this date.
In 1995 the Food Bank was moved from the Township Office to the Portland Community Hall. Shirley Bryden and Betty Halliday continued their volunteer work until 1998.
In 1998 the Food Bank was moved once again to the rear of the Community Hall in what is now known at the Community Clothing Cooperative where it remains to this day.
Janice Myers and Carolyn Long took over as volunteers in 1998 until March of 2012 when a new team took over to fill very large shoes after the enormous contributions of Shirley, Betty, Janice and Carolyn.
Presently, the Portland Food Bank assists between 10 and 12 families twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday together with the Christmas Hamper given to 20 – 25 families.
We are under the auspices of Portland United Church and are partnered with the following:
Country Road Community Health Center: The Food Bank purchases on a monthly basis “Good Food Boxes” from CRCHC for our clients. The boxes are filled to the brim with fresh fruits and vegetables. There are presently 14 families on our list at the cost of $180.00 per month.
Portland Community Gardens: During harvest season Jane Pickard delivers to the Food Bank fresh picked vegetables for distribution to our clients.
Community Clothing Cooperative: Upon their visit at the Food Bank our clients are encouraged to help themselves to any clothes they might need courtesy of the Community Clothing Cooperative. Throughout the year we also receive from the Co-op generous monetary donations from their clothes’ sales.
Portland United Church: During the Christmas Season the Sunday School organizes a “White Gift Sunday”. The congregation brings in” white gifts” of non-perishable foods and covers the “Mitten Tree” with mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to be distributed to the clients at the Food Bank in their Christmas Hampers. As well, we have a Donation Hamper at the church and the congregation is most generous filling this hamper with non-perishable food goods for our clients. The UCW is also a generous donor to our Food Bank.
Build a Mountain of Food: Founded by Hugh Coulton and Country Chrysler the Build a Mountain of Food is an enormous help to the Food Bank, not only in Portland but all the Food Banks in the area. Last year alone, $2,177.47 and 900 lbs of food were donated to our Food Bank.
And last but not least, the generosity of our community is heaven sent. The continued support we receive with donations of money and food is unbelievable from private individuals and local businesses.
Our clients are provided with a variety of non-perishable food goods, fresh vegetables and clothing together with a Food Voucher for dairy products and bread to be purchased at the local Food Market. We could not do this without the help and support of our community.
Your volunteers at the Portland Food Bank