It’s been a time of giving in the Dryden community, as residents work to ensure that families in need in the area are taken care of during the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic.

Volunteers and staff with the Dryden Food Bank are continuing to support the community, and their efforts have been made that much easier with a number of huge monetary and food donations to the facility.

The Dryden Medical Education Group recently made an $8,000 donation to help support the operation, and to help those struggling with food insecurity.

“Our Doctors are not only the first point of contact with the medical system for many, but they are standing alongside our Community to show that together, the COVID-19 Virus and food insecurity can be beaten.”

“Thank you Dryden Medical Education Group for standing with us as we Relieve Hunger and Renew Hope,” wrote Food Bank manager Al Huckabay, in a prepared release.

Food Bank staff were also kept busy last week, as they and Dryden GM staff helped raise 1294.7 lbs of food and $820 in donations for the food bank, through Dryden GM’s Spring Food Drive. Over 55 households in Dryden all pitched in.

Staff with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board helped raise nearly 350 lbs of food and $90 in cash donations to help support food bank volunteers and families in need. Open Roads School raised 232 lbs of food as well.

Over the weekend, the Northwestern Health Unit announced that the Dryden Food Bank would be the recipient of their Dress Down Fridays fund, and raised $724 for the food bank.

Downtown Autopro made a $250 donation. Webb Truck Repair recently made a $2,000 donation. Domtar donated $300 in gift cards to purchase additional supplies.

If you want to help support the food bank, staff ask that you purchase an extra non-perishable food item at the grocery store, and drop the product off in Food Bank bins set up around the community.

The Food Bank is still accepting in-person donations, but they are asking that you call the food bank and make arrangements for a drop-off time beforehand.

Monetary donations are also being accepted, and they are preferred at this time as it allows the Food Bank to purchase emergency supplies on an as-needed basis from local stores. Monetary donations can be made online, or by dropping off a cheque or cash at the food bank with a drop-off time.

The Food Bank has also introduced a number of precautions and protocols during the COVID-19 outbreak. They include:

- If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, you will not be able to enter the Food Bank. If you are feeling ill or showing symptoms, you will not be allowed to enter.

- The Food Bank will only be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 and 11 a.m. for bookings, hamper pickups between 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the washroom has been closed for public use.

- Bookings for hampers will only be taken by phone. No walk-ins will be allowed. Only one person will be allowed into the building at any time. Client reviews will be waved. Clients will not be self-packing hampers.

- No backpacks, cloth bags or bags they carry will be allowed into the building.

For more information:
How to help support the Food Bank
Food Bank aims for early relaunch