• Carmen Marie Fabio

Local food bank could use a hand


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Hudson’s LePont/Bridging Food Bank operator Carol Laws said volunteers are still helping out during the COVID-19 scares but supplies on the shelves are beginning to dwindle.

Anyone who has tried to go grocery shopping in the last two weeks or so can attest to the fact that it’s a monumental challenge – and that’s for those of us who are gainfully employed and who have access to a vehicle.

But for many others in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region who already struggle to feed their families, the thought of facing a potential two-week self-quarantine is even more daunting.

Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank operator Carol Laws said the organization is currently okay for volunteers but is seeing their food supply dwindling.

“We’ve had recent requests for food from people we haven’t seen for years,” Laws told The Journal. “Things must be tough.”

Some food is purchased directly from the IGA in Hudson which gives a 10 per cent reduction on the cost but the food bank also collects donated items at a drop-off point in the IGA entrance.

As always, there’s a need for non-perishable canned goods, particularly canned meats to provide protein, as well as peanut butter. Le Pont/Bridging also has onsite freezers and is able to receive donations of bread and meat products.

“And, of course, paper products,” said Laws with a laugh, acknowledging that it’s a hot commodity these days. “We got a lot in at Christmas but that goes down pretty fast.” Though soap and toiletries are always welcome, the greater current need is for food.

Food donations can be made at the IGA outlet at 484 Main Road. Items are distributed to families in need locally and in neighbouring towns in the region.

Monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 302, Hudson, QC, J0P 1H0. A tax receipt will be issued for amounts of over $10. Call (450) 458-5318.

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