ANTI-HUNGER COALITION TIMMINS
The Christmas Food Box project, traditionally run by St. Anthony’s Church, is transitioning to a community-led initiative.
Since 1994, beginning at the former Nativity of Our Lord Parish and continuing after the move to St. Anthony’s Cathedral in 2005, church members have been providing Christmas Boxes filled with fresh and non-perishable food for families, seniors, and singles in need throughout the Timmins area. In the early years of the project, around 30 boxes were provided to help people throughout the holidays. The project has grown each year and reached approximately 260 boxes in 2019.
Due to COVID safety concerns alongside internal changes happening at St. Anthony’s, the project is transitioning to a community-led effort. Project partners including Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins, Cochrane District Social Planning Council, Project Love, Rogers Sports and Media, United Way, as well as community volunteers, are collaborating to ensure the Christmas Food Boxes not only continue for the 2020 holiday season, but for many years to come.
“Seeing this project continue is incredibly important as it helps so many people in our community during a time of year when access to good food can be difficult”, says Lynda Geddes, President of Project Love and Christmas Box Committee Member. “Moving this essential annual project over to a committee-led initiative with a number of partners contributing and understanding the process, will help ensure the project’s sustainability in the years to come.”
Lynda added “for nearly thirty years St. Anthony’s Church has coordinated this entire effort, which the committee is realizing is quite the accomplishment! We are grateful to St. Anthony’s for all the time, effort, and passion they’ve put into this project and for the guidance they’re providing during this transition.”
Timmins community members are invited to be a part of this project by contributing time as a volunteer by contacting Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or by making a monetary or in-kind donation — click here for donation form.
If you or someone you know are facing barriers and decreased access to food, please register for the Christmas Food Box before Nov. 27 by picking up/dropping off a registration form at any of the community hot meal programs or food banks (schedule provided here). If you cannot physically make it out to a community meal program, please call 705-262-2499 to register.