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Food Bank in need of financial donations as needs rise during Coronavirus pandemic


File photo of volunteers associated with the Essex Area Food Bank.

by Sylene Argent Volunteers with the Essex Area Food Bank have barely had time to catch their breath as they just finished settling into their new facility, in the basement of Essex United Church, and are already faced with a new challenge.   As some area employers have temporarily stopped production to held minimize the spread of the Coronavirus, Essex Area Food Bank volunteers are seeing those employees, within a couple of weeks of their jobs being put on hiatus, and they are asking for help.    “We are going to have to help these individuals and hopefully have enough for our regular clients,” Gerry Belanger said, who is on the volunteer Board of Directors of the Essex Area Food Bank. “We could use financial help in order to purchase meat for everyone.”   Currently, the Essex Area Food Bank is working on reduced hours from, what was 8:30-1:00 pm to 8:30-11:45 am, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone in need of help, or in a position to provide some financial assistance, can call the Essex Area Food Bank’s volunteers at 519-800-2340 during those hours to make arrangements.   “We will continue as long as my volunteers feel that it is safe,” Belanger added.

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