Our neighbours at the Food Bank at St John the Divine need your support. The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and risks have prevented them from putting on their annual fundraising events, resulting in a net loss of $25,000. Since January 2021, the Food Bank has served 1,108 people, 214 of those being families, and 176 unhoused people. 24% of the average 50 people at each opening are coming for help for the first time. Since June 2020, the number of guests has been steadily increasing, with a total of 649 new members.
The Food Bank at St John the Divine is entirely operated by volunteers, including members of Congregation Emanu-El. Every year at Ḥanukkah, the Food Bank gratefully receives food and cash donations from Congregation Emanu-El. Tax deductible receipts are available for donations $18 or more, which can be made in cash or by cheque at the Menorah Lighting Event, through St. John the Divine at Canada Helps or through Avodah at Congregation Emanu-El. Please mark your donation for Food Bank at St John the Divine.
The food or hygiene items that we are most in need of now are:
- protein sources – canned meats (chicken, turkey), fish (salmon, tuna), peanut butter, eggs
- canned fruit
- cereal (muesli, granola, other)