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New food bank set to open in Charleswood

A new food bank is slated to open Feb. 15 in the Westdale Community Centre. From left, proponents Valerie Christie, Brian Larmour, Morgan Thomas, Cory Fierback, Ron Pierce, Michael Chiappetta, and Scott Gillingham.Other partners include the Westgrove Family Resource Centre, the community centre, which donated the space, and Eastwood Truck and Toy Centre, which donated the use of the van to pick up the food hampers from Winnipeg Harvest."I believe about year ago, we talked about a concept of a food bank and we had heard through the grapevine that there may be some need for a food bank in this location," said Scott Gillingham, pastor of the Grace Community Church.The group plans to launch the food bank Feb.It will serve an increasing demand for food banks services, which have seen a 21% increase in use over the last year, according to Winnipeg Harvest officials.The new food bank will take some of the burden off of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Charleswood, replica van cleef clover bracelet which currently operates a food bank, Gillingham said. It will also improve access for some 30 to copy van cleef & arpels earrings 50 needy families in the surrounding area."The need is everywhere, I see it everyday," said Valerie Chritie, family education worker at Westgrove, adding that many of her clients will use the food bank."People are coming and asking if we have anything extra we can hand out. Our Lady Of Perpetual Help is at the Roblin and Grant junction, so that a bus ride."So when families need hampers, they have to load their children on the bus Saturday mornings, get down there, load their van cleef arpels earrings replica stuff back on the bus and come back."When it comes to community centres, they the neutral ground so to speak of any community," he said. "When we sat down we looked at it as being not have it here? This kind of grassroots development is unique for a community food bank, said Morgan Thomas, referrals co ordinator for Winnipeg Harvest."(This) is community helping community," he said."Normally they are one body, one organization. Maybe they be working with another organization. This is a unique and a beautiful thing to see."That hardly comes as a surprise for Gillingham, who said it was easy to get everyone on board."What really encouraging is to see this partnership, this many groups that are concerned about the health and welfare of people in our community and willing to put in time and energy to make it stronger," he said.

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