Summer is finally here. Soon the kids will be out of school and families can enjoy time together. Barbecue meals bring us together and we can all look forward to enjoying some relaxing time outdoors.
At the Grimsby Benevolent Fund, our goal is to make sure that everyone in Grimsby has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of summer. The reality is that when kids are home from school, food demands increase and already-thin dollars must be stretched to include childcare costs.Read moreOur families struggle with increased food costs, energy costs and the stress of worrying about making ends meet. The food bank typically experiences a decrease in donations during the spring and summer months and this year is no exception. While the food bank strives to have healthy summer snacks, treats for kids, food for the barbecue as well as everyday healthy choices on hand for our clients, a decrease in donations creates an extra challenge for us.
We are appealing to the community to make donating to the food bank part of your regular shopping routine. While it may not seem like a single box of cereal or jar or pasta sauce can make a difference, single donations added together can mean the difference between a family enjoying a meal together or having to decide between paying for groceries and paying the hydro bill. Donating doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s a simple as picking up one item on sale whenever you shop and dropping it in the bin at your grocery store. When you donate your clothing and housewares at the GBF, bring along something for the food bank. When you shop for deals in our store, drop off a food donation in the bin at the front of the store. Consider asking friends and family members to bring a food item to donate the next time you get together for your summer barbecue.
If we always keep our less fortunate friends and neighbours in mind, donating becomes easy and our community becomes stronger. One person really can make a difference.
Michele Lunn, Client Services Manager
Grimsby Benevolent Fund
The mission, vision and values of the GBF are the fundamental Principles that will guide our developement of goals and objectives.
The Mission of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) is to help individuals and families
in maintaining self sufficiency by providing assistance with basic needs.
Our vision is one of a community-based organization that consistently provides compassionate assistance and counsel to our less fortunate neighbours in order that they might experience an improved quality of life. The GBF is committed to creating social change to reduce poverty through research, education and advocacy and to engage, energize, educate, and lead Grimsby in creating a hunger-free community.
- A strong sense of social responsibility.
- A commitment to serving our clients with respect and compassion.
- Belief in the unique abilities, strengths and gifts of each person.
- Belief in the capacity of people to grow, change and care for themselves and for one another.
- Commitment to professionalism, ethical conduct and integrity of service delivery.
- Recognition of the importance of volunteerism and citizen participation in the community
- The mission, vision and values of the GBF are the fundamental principles that will guide our development of goals and objectives.