On March 15th, Pastor Norine Gullons along with a few congregants met with Terry Triskle, vice-chair of the Dundas County Food Bank board, and Donna Quesnel, administrator for the food bank. They were celebrating the recent $2,000 Synod Antipoverty Grant received by the food bank from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Eastern Synod as part of their Compassionate Justice initiative. The grant was issued to the food bank for their Newborn Necessities project for which the objective is “to meet the needs of those with young children coming to the food bank for emergency assistance by providing them with formula, baby food, and diapers.” According to Quesnel, the Synod Antipoverty Grants received over the past five years have become pivotal to meeting babies’ needs locally.” Last year, in addition to the grant, the South Dundas Lutheran Fundraising concert raised approximately $450 for the food bank.
The Dundas County Food Bank is currently in need of the following: canned fruit and vegetables, canned pasta and pasta sauce, cereals and peanut butter, brown beans and kidney beans, canned tomatoes, Kraft Dinner, fruit cups, pudding cups, and bars of soap. Also needed: empty baby food jars, small jars, and juice bottles.