We operate a food bank, registered with the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks, which services the communities of Howard, Upper Blackville, Blackville, Cains River, Gray Rapids / White Rapids, Barnettville, Smiths Crossing, Renous, Quarryville, Pineville, Lockstead, Arbeau Settlement.
Food Box Distribution is the 3rd Wednesday of every month. New clients are asked to call ahead to register and let us know you are coming. This ensures we have a food box ready for you. Call 843-9024.
The food bank, which is by far our largest project, does not receive regular financial support from any level of government.
The majority of our revenue comes from our own fundraising and donations from the local community and business, and sales at the thrift store.
Money raised at the thrift store is used to buy food for the food bank. We also receive donations of food from the community, local businesses, and larger corporations through the NB Food Sharing Program.
Aug 2015/ July 2016 Statistics:
The food bank has 137 clients (89 households) registered as of July 2016. 25 of which are children. We distributed 444 food baskets between Aug 2015 and July 2016.
2014 Statistics:The food bank has 116 clients (69 households) registered as of April 30, 2014; 26% of our clients are children. Between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, we distributed 265 food baskets. From August 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014, we distributed 287 baskets, at this pace we will distribute 383 by July 31st, an increase of 45%, year over year.
Please visit our Thank You page for a list of all who have generously given their time and financial support to the food bank. Click here.
Thank you Telus, for the generous donation of $10,000 in 2017 to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food Donations Most Needed
- fresh vegetables especially potatoes, carrots and fruit can be used the week of food box distribution which is the third Wednesday of each month.
- Milk and bread are also accepted (can be frozen).
- canned meat and tuna
- canned beans, fruits and vegetables
- canned milk
- peanut butter, jam, tomato sauce
- frozen meat, fish, poultry, hamburger
- cereal, pasta, rice, flour, granola bars