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Photo by Mark Newman

Photo by Mark Newman

Mark Raymond, manager of food services at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Glenn Cordery, pastor of Heritage Green Baptist Church, stand in the church gymnasium that will be transformed into a community food bank on the first and third Friday of each month starting June 6.

Upper Stoney Creek food bank ready to roll

Baptist church facility will also serve east Mountain

 By Mark Newman, News Staff

 Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and the Heritage Green Baptist Church on Paramount Drive have teamed up to operate food bank in the church gymnasium starting June 6.

“We’ll serve two days a month, the first and third Friday of every month,” said Mark Raymond, manager of food services at Neighbour to Neighbour.

The food bank which will be open 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. is also expected to serve east Mountain residents.

Raymond said the church approached Neighbour to Neighbour about setting up a satellite food bank several months ago, adding they chose the location because there is a lack of food services in the area and that residents in the east Mountain-Upper Stoney Creek area often find it difficult to get to the centre’s Athens Street food bank on the west Mountain.

“We recognize the need here that it’s not being served,” he said.

Neighbour to Neighbour will deliver food from the centre and their storage facility on Lancing Drive to the church where it will be set up on tables in the 1,300 square-foot gymnasium and users will be able shop for what they want.

Raymond said they expect to serve 50-60 families each time the food bank is open, but they plan to bring enough food for 100 families.

Everyone who wishes to use the food bank must register at the door.

Neighbour to Neighbour will also have a resource counsellor on hand to help with any other social service-related needs food banks clients may have.

“As a church we’re part of the community and we want to be able to help out,” said Glenn Cordery, pastor of Heritage Green Baptist Church. “I know there are some people in the area who did use the Stoney Creek food bank and find it more difficult to get to now that (it has moved to the Fruitland area).”

To help stock the new food bank the Heritage Green Baptist Church along with The Meeting House, Paramount Drive Alliance Church and Kingsview Community Church will be holding a food drive on the Stoney Creek Mountain this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cordery said flyers went out last week asking residents to leave donations on their front porch or drop them off at Heritage Green Baptist Church.

 

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