Food bank receives early Christmas present



By Barb McKay


Christmas came early to the Kincardine Ministerial Food Bank.


Representatives from Teamsters Local Union No. 879 visited the food bank at the Anglican Church of the Messiah on Thursday and delivered a cheque for $10,000.


While food bank volunteers were aware the Teamsters would be making a donation that day, they did not know the amount, and were blown away when the cheque was handed over.


“We are overwhelmed,” said co-coordinator Nancy Dawson. “It will really help. It’s such as surprise.”


Teamsters Local 879, which represents members in transportation, production, hospitality and service industries from the Niagara region all the way to Tobermory, runs an annual fundraising campaign to benefit charitable organizations in communities it represents. The local had historically held toy drives, where union members filled shopping carts at Zellers and donated the toys, but after the department store chain was taken over by Target the union changed its focus to food drives. Donations are collected throughout the year from its service providers. The union has members at Bruce Power and construction firms in Bruce County.


In the past five years, the Teamsters have given to food banks in London, Sarnia, Niagara, Stoney Creek and now Kincardine. Teamster Marty Taylor contacts food banks in communities where Local 879 has representation to assess their needs. This year, Kincardine stood out.


“I hope that this gets you a good chunk of product for the year,” Local 879 President John McCann told Dawson and food bank co-coordinator Pat Stewart after delivering the cheque. “We hope the money will be of good use. We know it’s going to a good cause.”