Neighbour to Neighbour food bank moves to curbside service

News Mar 26, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the need for emergency food services on Hamilton Mountain.

Though their volunteers are sent home until further notice, staff at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are keeping the food bank open.

Robyn Knickle, director of development at the Athens Street Centre, is one of those 14 staffers who have been split into two teams.

The teams are dividing their duties between the food bank (where they work in separate areas) and working from home on alternate weeks.

“As of (last) week, it’s a curbside pickup,” said Knickle. “We are serving 80 to 100 people a day; everyone has been so happy that we’re open.”

Instead, Knickle said the Neighbour to Neighbour team is sorting food into boxes that clients pick up at a tent that has been set up in the parking lot behind the centre.

“It’s different,” said Knickle when asked about the atmosphere inside the centre. “There’s also a really nice sense of team spirit.”

The food bank has begun to run low on certain items, such as cereal, oatmeal, rice, canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, baby formula, shampoo and diapers.

Knickle said the best way the public can support the food bank is by making a monetary donation online via n2ncentre.com, rather than coming to the centre.

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre on Hamilton Mountain moves to curbside service

Volunteers sent home, staff working in shifts #supportourheroes

News Mar 26, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the need for emergency food services on Hamilton Mountain.

Though their volunteers are sent home until further notice, staff at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are keeping the food bank open.

Robyn Knickle, director of development at the Athens Street Centre, is one of those 14 staffers who have been split into two teams.

The teams are dividing their duties between the food bank (where they work in separate areas) and working from home on alternate weeks.

“As of (last) week, it’s a curbside pickup,” said Knickle. “We are serving 80 to 100 people a day; everyone has been so happy that we’re open.”

Instead, Knickle said the Neighbour to Neighbour team is sorting food into boxes that clients pick up at a tent that has been set up in the parking lot behind the centre.

“It’s different,” said Knickle when asked about the atmosphere inside the centre. “There’s also a really nice sense of team spirit.”

The food bank has begun to run low on certain items, such as cereal, oatmeal, rice, canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, baby formula, shampoo and diapers.

Knickle said the best way the public can support the food bank is by making a monetary donation online via n2ncentre.com, rather than coming to the centre.

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre on Hamilton Mountain moves to curbside service

Volunteers sent home, staff working in shifts #supportourheroes

News Mar 26, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the need for emergency food services on Hamilton Mountain.

Though their volunteers are sent home until further notice, staff at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are keeping the food bank open.

Robyn Knickle, director of development at the Athens Street Centre, is one of those 14 staffers who have been split into two teams.

The teams are dividing their duties between the food bank (where they work in separate areas) and working from home on alternate weeks.

“As of (last) week, it’s a curbside pickup,” said Knickle. “We are serving 80 to 100 people a day; everyone has been so happy that we’re open.”

Instead, Knickle said the Neighbour to Neighbour team is sorting food into boxes that clients pick up at a tent that has been set up in the parking lot behind the centre.

“It’s different,” said Knickle when asked about the atmosphere inside the centre. “There’s also a really nice sense of team spirit.”

The food bank has begun to run low on certain items, such as cereal, oatmeal, rice, canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, baby formula, shampoo and diapers.

Knickle said the best way the public can support the food bank is by making a monetary donation online via n2ncentre.com, rather than coming to the centre.