We Make a Living by What We Get, But We Make a Life by What We Give – Support the VKH Food Bank

In the wise words of Winston Churchill, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ This sentiment resonates deeply, especially when we consider the selfless dedication of Mike McGurk and Jane Fantie. In their retirement years, they have chosen to give back to the community, inspiring us all with their noble actions.

After retiring, Mike took on the director role at the food bank on Main Street in Vankleek Hill. Jane joined him in his mission to help those in need, and together, they have been volunteering and collaborating with the community since 2020.

The food bank, situated in the same space as the Thrift store, may be small but has a big heart. Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the food bank continued to operate and serve an increasing number of needy families.

The food bank and thrift store are run entirely by volunteers, with around 40 dedicated individuals working tirelessly to ensure the community can access essential food items and clothing. Volunteers undergo food handling and waste management training, emphasizing their commitment to providing a safe and efficient service.
Around 50 clients arrive monthly to receive food baskets previously prepared according to the number of family members. Some use the services regularly, while others only occasionally. The food bank respects everyone’s privacy, and no one should be ashamed of requiring assistance. Minimum requirements, such as proof of residence, are asked to receive the food baskets.
In addition to providing essential food items, the food bank also offers a sense of community and support to those in need. On Wednesdays, the Creating Centre hosts a gathering from 12 to 1 pm, where individuals can enjoy warm soup, comforting coffee, and the company of others in a calm and welcoming atmosphere.

The food bank receives donations from local stores like Foodland, local churches, and the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, allowing them to focus on other matters. Fundraisers are also held to ensure the food bank can continue its vital work in the community.

Donating to food banks is not just a kind act; it’s a crucial step in ensuring that vulnerable members of our community have access to nutritious food and alleviating food waste. Food insecurity affects millions worldwide, and by supporting food banks, we can help alleviate hunger and provide essential resources to those in need. In addition, supporting food banks can help reduce food waste by redistributing excess food to those who need it most.

Food waste is a significant issue globally. A significant amount of perfectly good food is discarded while many individuals and families struggle to access an adequate food supply. By supporting food banks, we help address food insecurity and reduce food waste by ensuring that food is redirected to those who can benefit from it most.

Your help is not just appreciated; it’s vital. In a world where giving back is more important than ever, the work of volunteers, like those at the Vankleek Hill food bank, serves as a shining example of the impact that a small act of kindness can have on a community. Let us all take inspiration from their dedication and generosity and remember that true fulfillment comes from what we give, not what we receive.

For those needing assistance, the food bank can be reached at 613-678-8119 or via email at [email protected].

Donations of non-perishable items are greatly appreciated and can be sent to the food bank’s address:
124 Main St E, PO Box 23 Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0

Monetary donations can be made by entransfer to the following email: [email protected]

Thrift Store donations on store hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 1 pm-4 pm * Wed 5 pm-7 pm * used clothing, toys and small household appliances

The food bank operates by appointment only * Call 613-678-8119 for an appointment.

Volunteers request information by email: [email protected]
Or by phone: 613-678-8119

We invite you to come and hang out at the Creating Centre of VKH on Wednesdays from 12 to 1 pm, to share a plate of soup, coffee and nutritious snacks. Everyone is welcome. Spread the word!