Anonymous Donor Challenges Local Citizens to Donate Funds to Port Cares Reach Out Centre

NEWS RELEASE

  • Aims to raise $25,000 through the COVID 19 Crisis to ensure food bank and meal program services can continue to meet local needs

Date of Issue: April 7, 2020                                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Colborne, ON.:  This morning an anonymous donor gave Port Cares a personal donation of $2,500 with a challenge to other donors and a commitment to keep the fridges and shelves at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre food bank full through the COVID 19 crisis. The anonymous donor has committed to returning to give another $2,500 for a total gift of $5,000 if donations reach $20,000 by the end of the month of April.

“I was just wrapping up our daily COVID 19 briefing with staff when my phone rang with a request to meet in the parking lot to provide a curb side socially distanced meeting,” explains Port Cares’ Executive Director Christine Clark Lafleur.

“While we fully respect the anonymity of this donor, we do want them to know how important their gift is to the 1,400 people who are currently using of the food bank.”

Fundraising and donations keep the food bank, crisis services, meal program and other vital services up and running at the Reach Out Centre. “We do not receive any form of government funding for these basic needs. Increasingly with the escalating cost of rent and housing, we are seeing new faces at the food bank. We expect the need for assistance to grow as more people lose their jobs and the duration that we remain in pandemic lasts. Right now we are assisting approximately one in seven people in our community,” she adds.

The agency runs a number of fundraising activities and events this time of year to secure the needed funds to run the Reach Out Centre but with the pandemic those events are cancelled including the annual Soupfest event and Easter Food Drive sponsored by the Port Colborne Fire Department.

“More than ever before we are relying on those who can help us help those in need. The individual who made today’s donation and issued the challenge has also had to shutter their business as part of the state of emergency. Their generosity and inspiration truly helps us in the frontlines of essential services get through the crisis. We will get through this together and we welcome the challenge of raising $20,000 to help those in need.”

TO MAKE A DONATION

E – transfer: E-transfers donations can be made by sending to donations@portcares.ca, please put your mailing address or email in the comment section for tax receipts.

By Mail: Cheques can be made payable to Port Cares and mailed to Port Cares at 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, L3K 3E1

QUICK FACTS ABOUT PORT CARES REACH OUT CENTRE:

  • Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food bank (ROFC) assists more than 1,400 individuals. A third of the people reliant on the ROFC Food Bank are children.
  • On average 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the Port Cares Food Bank each month.
  • Most needed food item donations for the food bank include canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula and diapers, personal hygiene items.
  • Last year the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre located at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne provided 1,944 lunch kits (9,720 lunches) to local school age elementary and secondary school children who live in low income households.
  • Hot, nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need with more than 50 adults and children typically attending each meal. In winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at meal time.

ABOUT PORT CARES

  • Port Colborne Community Association for Resource Extension (Port Cares) was established as a not-for-profit registered charity in 1986.  Port Cares is a not-for-profit community organization that provides development, employment, and support services to enhance the quality of life for individuals in Port Colborne, Wainfleet and the surrounding area. To learn more about our organization please visit www.portcares.ca