Screenshot of the Food Banks website

Screenshot of the Food Banks website.


Renfrew County food banks launch website

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Posted on Thursday October 15, 2020


Renfrew County’s 11 food banks have set up a website to encourage  those who need help to seek it out and to tell those who want to  support their community’s food banks how to do it.

 The site - www.RenfrewCountyFoodBanks.ca - was set up and designed by  three volunteers from Stone Fence Theatre, which is idle this year  due to the pandemic.

It was built by Evan Burgess of Blue North  Studios with artwork by Eganville artist Beverly Lewis and management  and text by Stone Fence Theatre’s producer Ish Theilheimer.

“We are very pleased that this website enables us to reach a lot of  people who we couldn’t previously,” said Cheryl Paquette, a volunteer with the Petawawa Pantry food bank who helps coordinate the County’s food  bank network. “Our volunteers work very hard to provide an essential  service, but communications and outreach are not always our first  priorities. So it’s great that these talented locals have stepped forward to  help us. It’s really a boost.”

The site lists all the County’s food banks, where to find them, their  hours of operation, and how to donate to them. It also features a  news section and contacts for a variety of social services.

“Covid-19 has put a lot of people out of work and left them and their  families without enough to eat,” says the website’s homepage. “Help  is available, but some people aren’t coming forward to get help from  local food banks. Some people who need food simply don’t know it is  available. Others may feel uncomfortable about asking for help. We want people to know that our food banks are run by neighbours who really care and want to help other during stressful situations.”

Paquette added she hopes the site will help address some of these  problems.

“Really, it’s all about neighbours helping neighbours,” she said.