SIMCOE. DECEMBER 3rd, 2014 The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, in partnership with Church Out Serving, has just released Food in Simcoe: Emergency and Low Cost Support, an extensive listing of community programs that aid hunger, providing information for people about food supports in the Simcoe area. This list includes food banks, community meals and information about grocery shopping on a budget. While many residents already use our local food banks and services, some people in need are still unaware what is available to help them.
Many of us don’t realize how widespread hunger is. According to Foodbanks Canada,in a typical month, food banks nationwide provide food to 833,098 people (more than 303,000, or 36%, of these are children). “The supports listed in this brochure help make healthy food more available for people” says Kathy Heffer, Public Health Dietitian. “Another example of the many ways Simcoe provides outreach to the community”.
A community partner of the HNHU is Church Out Services, a community network that helps those in need. “The Food in Simcoe brochures are being distributed through local service agencies, community organizations and churches to help increase the awareness of existing support programs,” says Virginia Lucas, of Church Out Serving. “No one in our community should have to go hungry”.
Similar lists of programs for other towns in Norfolk will be created for future publication.
For more information about emergency and low cost food support in Haldimand and Norfolk, please visit hnhu.org/health-topics/hunger or churchoutserving.org.
Since publication of the list, some services may have changed. Please call first to confirm.
Kathy Heffer RD HBSc
Public Health Dietitian
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe ON N3Y 4L1
519.426.6170 Ext. 3247