Food bank in St. Stephen needs turkeys for Christmas food hampers

Krisi Marples/Courier Donna Llinton of the Volunteer Centre Food Bank in St. Stephen, taking part in a CBC interview when they came to St. Stephen's own Something's Brewing Cafe, to promte their Harbour Lights program, which collect donations to feed those in need.

St. Stephen food bank needs turkey donations

 

Kathy Bockus

St. Stephen

It’s time to talk turkey at the food bank in St. Stephen.

Coordinator Donna Linton said the food bank needs donations of turkeys – and hams and chickens – to prepare approximately 217 hampers of food for needy families this Christmas.

They still need more than 200 turkeys for those hampers.

Linton said medium-sized turkeys for the most part are required – those weighing an average of 3.6 kilograms to 4.5 kilograms (eight to 10 pounds), but a number of larger birds would also be appreciated.

“I’m doing a little bit of fretting, just a little bit,” stated Linton. The food bank will gladly accept donations of “paper turkeys” -$25 gift cards which can be used to purchase the real thing.

The food bank currently has enough of some products, like pickles and vegetables, for the first 100 food hampers.

Still required are non-perishable donations of peanut butter, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, candy, crackers, canned milk, coffee, tea bags, and canned brown beans.

“On the perishable side, we will purchase squash, turnip and onions,” said Linton.

Another food bank effort this year is aimed at grandparents who may find themselves in need this Christmas and without the funds to purchase small items for grandchildren. To this end, a gift tree has been established at Dooly’s billiard room in St. Stephen for donations.

Linton explained grandparents can call the food bank – 466-4995 – to apply for gifts for their grandkids. Donated gift items from the public for this purpose would be appreciated she said, noting “mainly teen things” like chocolates, gloves, necklaces and gift cards from Subway or A&W and Tim Hortons are needed.

To keep its shelves filled for food bank recipients throughout December Linton said food donations will be collected this month at the Superstore in St. Stephen with the help of the St. Stephen Aces and the st. Stephen High School Spartans hockey team.

“This time of year, all donations are welcome.”

Operated by the Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County, the food bank in St. Stephen is located on Union Street, next to the St. Stephen Fire Department fire hall and works department depot.

Donations of turkeys and other food or gift items can be dropped off there between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Linton said donors are welcome to pick up a list should they want to supply all the items in a complete Christmas food hamper or can call the food bank to get “the need of the day.”

Linton hopes to begin distribution of the Christmas food hampers by Dec. 8.

Krisi Marples/Courier Donna Llinton of the Volunteer Centre Food Bank in St. Stephen, taking part in a CBC interview when they came to St. Stephen's own Something's Brewing Cafe, to promte their Harbour Lights program, which collect donations to feed those in need.
Krisi Marples/Courier
Donna Llinton of the Volunteer Centre Food Bank in St. Stephen, taking part in a CBC interview when they came to St. Stephen’s own Something’s Brewing Cafe, to promte their Harbour Lights program, which collect donations to feed those in need.

kathy@stcroixcourier.ca