More seniors using Kincardine food bank



By Barb McKay


Last month, co-ordinators at the Kincardine food bank began keeping track of the number of senior residents utilized the service and were alarmed at the number.


In November, 21 of 308 people who made use of the food bank at the Anglican Church of the Messiah were seniors, and in October, 22 of the 214 people who accessed the food bank at the were seniors. The Kincardine Ministerial Food Bank tracks usage throughout the year and records the number of single adults and families that come through its doors each Thursday. After noticing a growing number of seniors they decide to add the demographic to their record keeping.


“It’s sad,” said co-coordinator Pat Stewart.


Numbers are starting to climb across the board as seasonal work comes to an end and increasingly cooler temperatures cause heating bills to rise. The number of visits to the Kincardine food bank between January and the end of November this year is down slightly to 2,701 compared to 2,758 for the same time period in 2017, but volunteers at the food bank expect traffic will increase as winter sets in.


“It is increasing as of November,” Stewart said on Thursday. “We haven’t stopped today. People want to buy gifts (for Christmas) too and they have to choose.”


This is the season for giving and Kincardine residents have stepped up. Food bank co-coordinator Nancy Dawson said donations are up over last year.


“It’s such a giving community,” she said.


Shelves are generally well-stocked during campaigns at Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, but it’s the time in between where the food bank needs support.


“It doesn’t last long,” Stewart said. “In January we’ll be looking again.”


Staples like canned soups, canned fruit, KD and juice are always needed.


“Everything you put into your cupboards we put into ours,” Stewart said.


Non-food items are needed just as much and aren’t always considered when donations are made. Items like shaving cream, razors, deodorant, hand soap, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, dish soap and laundry detergent are welcomed. Monetary donations are also accepted to help the food bank keep its shelves stocked.


The Kincardine food bank is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.