Happy New Year from FAMSAC
2015 has been quite a year for FAMSAC. For 46 years, we have quietly worked out the basement of St. Martin de Porres Church, and then in March our whole world changed. A spring thaw and a cracked pipe led to a flood, the discovery of mold in the walls, and the temporary loss of our storage space.
However, there is always a silver lining – we asked the community for help to move to our temporary location – a recently vacated tattoo parlour – and everyone came out, making short work of the move. Food donations increased, and folks kindly made donations to help us pay rent for the first time since 1969.
There are so many great people in Bayshore, Bells Corners, Craig Henry, Crystal Beach, Manordale and Trend Village who want to help those in need within their community. We’ve had offer from new volunteers, some of whom are already assisting us and others for whom we are making plans to be able to put them to work in the new year.
Christ Church Bells Corners held the first West End Food Truck Rally – a great success with over $6,000 and over 6,000 food items donated. The Myers Group sponsored, and everyone had a fun and tasty day! WEFTR 2016 will be even better!
For the first time we asked for sponsors for our Christmas hampers. 175 individuals, families, organizations and businesses agreed to support a family in their neighborhood.
Local businesses offered to lend a hand as well. OK Tire took over picking up food donations from Bells Corners grocery stores, Urban Tandoor had a buffet dinner fundraiser in June, Grazie Pizza had a Thanksgiving lunch with proceeds and food donations going to FAMSAC, the Whiprsnapr Brewing Co. dedicated a beer to FAMSAC as a Christmas fundraiser, Giant Tiger collected over $2,500 at Thanksgiving, and FreshCo launched a food donation bin. Many local businesses also contributed to our Christmas silent auction which brought in over $3,000 (and there were some sweet gifts under people’s trees as a result!). The Insurance Bureau of Canada provided a big donation. OCTranspo let us be part of their Christmas “Fill the Bus” Campaign for the first time in 31 years – they say we can come back next year!
Local politicians came out to help and support us. Friends came out. Family came out. Past clients of FAMSAC who could now help, came out. And at the same time, our tireless volunteers, supporters, and local churches – who have always been there – came out.
2016 will still see a lot of change for FAMSAC, but we are up for it, and we are so fortunate that we have a strong, caring, and generous community who is there to help and participate.
Watch this space – it’s going to be a great ride!
With much appreciation,
FAMSAC Food Cupboard