From our Director, Bob Fitzgerald
Well, 2020 has turned into quite a challenge for everyone and our precious organization has been impacted as well.
March 7 th we were open for business as usual. We saw a significant decline in the number of guests and volunteers. The board of directors decided to close on the 14 th and have a meeting that day to determine our next steps. Unanimously, we determined that we should close for the next two weeks and re-open the pantry on the 4 th of April.
Keeping in line with the required social distancing we planned to set up just outside of the southwest doors of the church and have guests come up one at a time to get their pantry goods.
We have been open every Saturday since the 4th of April providing pantry goods to our guests. To ensure people knew we were open we posted information on the doors at St Anne's and at the Brentwood schools. Over time the word has spread. Special thanks to the wonderful team at St Anne's Outreach who have been key in getting the word out.
After a few ‘slowish’ weeks of 20 - 45 guests we broke the bank on May 2 nd with 121 guests!
The team is both EXHAUSTED and DELIGHTED. Nothing feels better than being successful in jump starting the organization and helping so many people.
We had wonderful day. At the start of the day we only had a few pantry packages prepared but with amazing help from the team from St Anthony's (Mimi Lum, Michael Lum, Trinity Williams and Jennifer Williams) we had enough packages for all of the guests on the 2 nd and over 100 more to for the following Saturday (9 th of May).
Special shout out to Bill and Sheila Cavooris who came to donate wash up kits and food for the pantry. Somehow, they stayed for hours helping manage the distribution of pet food to over 40 guests and 100 beautiful wash up kits to the guests.
In this challenging time this is a highlight that everyone involved will never forget.