On our eighth day of giving, the Wellington & District Foodbank Storehouse as been hand picked by the head of our Carson IP division, Jim Carson.
There have been plenty of charities on our list so far that have set their sights on the honourable, yet daunting, task of discovering a medical breakthrough that will cure some serious illnesses. Today’s selection may not have such grandiose aspirations as a national organization, but its presence is just as important and impact is just as large to those that it services.
Recently, Jim and his wife Joan acquired a home in Prince Edward County to give them an opportunity to escape the rigours of city life from time to time. They have enjoyed getting to know the ins and outs of the community, connecting with people, and making new friends. One way to build relationships in a new neighbourhood is to get involved in local causes, and that is what Jim is doing by supporting the Wellington & District Foodbank Storehouse.
Established in 2007 by Linda Downey and her husband Robert, the Storehouse was born out of the need for a foodbank location that their community could rely on. Those who rely on the Storehouse’s efforts aren’t just those who may be on government assistance, but also seniors (many with mobility or health issues) and people who would be considered working poor, so making even a 20-30 min one-way trip to the existing foodbank in Picton proved difficult for many who were struggling to make ends meet. Over the years, the Storehouse’s mission has expanded to include, not only food, but furniture, clothing, toys, and household items as well. While food security continues to be the driving force and backbone of the charity, its broader goal is simply to give access to an acceptable standard of living.
Currently, the Storehouse directly supports and provides basic necessities to 372 individuals twice a month and is run entirely by volunteers.1 There are no salaries and no expenses paid to anyone who helps, so all donations are completely invested in those in need.
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