A Little History and More
The Sharing Place Food Bank is the Orillia area's largest and busiest food bank. A member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, we have been operating since 1988. In the past 12 months, our volunteers have provided needed, nutritious food to approximately 15,000 people of all ages, from infants and toddlers to disabled seniors.
We are visited by young families each week, and at least one-third of our clients are children. Although some people must return to the food bank month after month, a notable number of those who visit us once or twice are able to improve their living circumstances, and we never see them again.
The Sharing Place provides our clients with sufficient nutritious food to last them for three to five days, and asks them not to return for another month. While a food bank hamper consists chiefly of non-perishable basics, it also contains frozen ground beef, fresh eggs, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables under our Fresh Produce Program, and fresh milk under our Fresh Milk Program.
The Orillia-area community is very supportive of The Sharing Place, and we continue to be grateful for the generous donations of food and funds that enable us to carry on. Approximately 80% of the food that we distribute to our patrons is food that we purchase (always at discount prices), so while gifts of non-perishable food are always helpful, financial donations are especially welcome.
Needless to say, we would prefer that food banks everywhere, including The Sharing Place, could shut their doors forever, secure in the knowledge that they are no longer needed; unfortunately, that day does not appear to be near.