New digs for Hudson food bank in the heart of the town
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
It’s an early start to the day for LePont/Bridging volunteers Kirsten Stoger, Stan Belczowski and Carol Laws in organization’s new location.
Le Pont / Bridging, the Hudson food bank, is now up and running in the basement of the new Medi-Centre at 465 Main Road and organizers are enjoying the spacious digs. “We are really loving the new place,” said Carol Laws, president of the non-profit organization. “It’s very safe and secure – no mice, and no mold and we have a lot more space,” she added with a smile.
The food bank has been located in a variety of buildings during its 20-year history of serving the needs of local and regional residents. The move this spring from the former Medi-Centre on Cameron Road to the current address happened with the support of the Town of Hudson and a substantial donation from an anonymous donor.
“We couldn’t have done it without their help,” said Laws in reference to the town and the donor. “We really, really appreciate their support.” Before the move to their new home could happen, the space had to have some basic renovations done including shelving. “The donation was used to build that room,” said Laws. Two new carts on wheels are invaluable for transporting items to and from the basement location.
The organization operates because of the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. “We have a really great group of volunteers,” said Laws. They get together early on Wednesday mornings to organize the allocation of the supplies on hand for distribution later in the day.
At the moment, the food bank provides emergency food supplies to between 25 and 30 clients per week. “The shelves are basically bare,” said Laws. Although their new home is not a drop-off point, donations of non-perishable items can be deposited in collection boxes in IGA/Sobeys and at all of the churches in town. There’s always a need for pasta, juices, snacks, soups, cereals, oatmeal, peanut butter, body soap, toothpaste, toilet paper – all the basics.