Donations and cash are pouring in and now there’s more good news for the Community Food Sharing Association—they may have the warehouse space they need to resume operations.
Executive Director Eg Walters says warehouse space offered to them by the provincial government appears to be suitable and they’re hopeful they can move in and start distributing food again as early as next week.
Walters says the old Eastern Health kitchen facility on Pippy Place has what they need, including loading bays, large rooms for storage and room to operate a fork lift.
The space was offered to Walters after Premier Dwight Ball met with him early this afternoon and offered up the facility.
Premier Dwight Ball has announced $50,000 in immediate aid for the Community Food Sharing Association. pic.twitter.com/5gDkcrWKzh
— Brian Madore (@bmadorevocm) January 31, 2019
He told reporters that government is offering funding and that public sector workers have organized their own food drive to help.
Public sector workers are also raising funds for the cause.
Community Steps Up
The corporate and volunteer communities are climbing on board the campaign to help the Community Food Sharing Association.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food was damaged and will have to be destroyed following a fire at the Association’s warehouse on Topsail Road yesterday.
Executive Director Eg Walters, who has dedicated most of his life to the Community Food Sharing Association told the VOCM Morning Show it’s like a death in the family.
The calls and messages they’ve received have all started with “we’re sorry for your loss”, but Walters says what hurts the most is knowing they are unable to get food to food banks for families who need it.
The association supplies 54 food banks across the province. Walters says, with no stop-gap measures in place, the focus now is to lock down new warehouse space to get the food moving again.
He says it’s one thing to organize food drives, it’s another to secure the warehouse space needed to collect and distribute the food.
Tara Haley of the VOCM Cares Foundation says they immediately jumped into action to start getting the ball rolling on restocking shelves while the Community Food Sharing Association focuses on securing that warehouse space.
VOCM Cares has organized the Share to Care Food Drive at two Coleman’s locations in the metro region, Centennial Drive in Mount Pearl and Newfoundland Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They’re accepting both food and cash donations.
— Greg Smith (@GregccSmith) January 30, 2019
Steve Marshall of Roebothan, McKay, Marshall has donated $10,000 to the cause and challenged others to do the same to the best of their ability.
Peter Gulliver stepped up the the challenge on VOCM Open Line with Paddy Daly this morning.
He donated $10,000 on behalf of his companies, City Wide taxi, City Wide busing, Bugden’s taxi, and North West Taxi and is offering a driver and cube van to pick up donations collected at Saturday’s Share to Care food drive. He says he’s also looking at getting a couple of buses involved for schools that have contacted him to help collect food.
Trades NL has pledged $5,000 to the cause, while Chevron Atlantic Canada has pledged $10,000.
@VOCMNEWS Hickman Automotive Group accepts the challenge and we are proud to contribute $10,000 to the Community Food Sharing Association.
— Hickman Auto Group (@hickman_group) January 31, 2019
We’ll always be there for our friends at the Community Food Sharing Association. Our 20+ year partnership has helped collect thousands of pounds of food/money. Today, we’re giving a $10,000 donation on behalf of our employees. #partofyourcommunity @VOCMNEWS @VOCMOpenline pic.twitter.com/4maRvnB2uT
— Newfoundland Power (@NFPower) January 31, 2019