TATAMAGOUCHE - The volunteer co-ordinator of the newly formed Tatamagouche Food Bank said this week's opening
proved there is a need for the facility in the community.
Donalda Lepper told the Truro Daily News six families and seven singles/couples made use of the food bank, which opened
for the first time in Tatamagouche at the Gospel Hall on Blair Avenue on Tuesday for three hours.
"I was happy people showed up ... they seemed happy we were there," said Lepper.
She said despite the low attendance, the fact that the facility was made use of was what mattered.
"It is a service that's needed because I know people have gone to Truro for help so now the help is here."
There were six volunteers on Tuesday providing baskets to the clients. Baskets included foods that are featured in the Canada Food Guide, including protein, cereal, produce and meal and can last four or five days, Lepper said. Donations came from businesses, individuals and the food bank.
"We were pretty well stocked and have some for next week," said Lepper.
She believes more people will make use of the facility next week and throughout the rest of the year. The food bank is open Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. until Christmas. At that time, hours will be reviewed.
"We will be open after Christmas, no question, but we may have to change the hours."
Clients are reminded to bring their health card for all family members. The card is required to register at the food bank, which also automatically registers them with Feed Nova Scotia, a provincial organization that oversees food bank needs.