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Brown Bag Lunch

Sept
20
2012

Help food bank at Brown Bag Lunch Not sure what to bring for lunch on June 11? The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank is hosting a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall 50 Dickson St.  as part of its annual Brown Bag Lunch. The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank runs a number of fundraisers throughout the year, but the Brown Bag Lunch is a unique way to raise dollars. The event encourages people to join our BBQ lunch at the City Hall or bring a lunch from home and donate the money they’d usually spend on the meal to the food bank.

Penny Harvest Get Big Help

Sept
20
2012

The Penny Harvest fundraiser has gotten a big help from a ten year old boy!

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Backpacks for Bookworms close to goal

Sept
20
2012

Backpacks for Bookworms is close to the goal, but more supplies are need.

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Did you know ...

Sept
07
2012

In 2011, the Cmabridge Self-Help Food Bank distributed non-perishable and perishable food items and products to those living on or under the poverty line in the Cambridge and North Dumfries area.

  • 51, 282 lbs was shared with 33 community agencies last year
  • 12, 692 food hampers were provided to children and adults in need of food assistance through our Emergency Hamper Program
  • 12, 882 fod pick ups were provided in 2011. to over 400 co-op members

Without people like you, local businesses, schools, service groups, fait community, organizations, media and individuals, the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank would not exist. We are truly grateful for the ongoing support from everyone who thinks of us.

Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community... people who are struggling with some of life's greatest challenges.

Peanut Butter Prices are going up, up, and UP!

Sept
07
2012

People all over the province are finding the cost of peanut butter prices are going up.

The cost of Peanut butter has gone up at least 30% or more due to bad weather that has hurt many of last year's peanut crop.

Peanut butter (and peanuts) provide protein and vitamins B3 and E, are a key staple in homes as a protein source.

At the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank we are finding it very difficult to provide one of the most needed items to our families and children this winter.

Peanut butter is probably the item we buy the most frequently... Unfortunately we don't have enough of it donated. With a jar of peanut butter running about $3 or $4 at local grocery stores, we are expecting to recieve fewer donations, buy less, pay more for what we do buy.

We anticipate if the prices continue to go up, we may have to consider offering protein alternative such as canned tuna or beans.

We often get cheaper prices by buying in bulk, but the cost for us to purchase jars now are still very high.

Hunger is a painful reality to thousands of kids in our community. The Cambridge Self-Help Food Banks serves as many children as possible using what we have on our shelves.

It's always the poor who suffer the most when prices are high, unfortunately. Even though pea-nut butter is going to be more expensive, it's still a pretty economical protein source for people that are struggling to get by.

In January 2011, our Emergency Hamper pro-gram gave out over 900 emergency hampers to families and individuals. This past January 2012 we saw an increase of over 1,600 families and individuals that were in need of a hamper.

Any time our Emergency Hamper program helps to take the worry of trying to put food on the table for a parent so they can focus more on their children's other needs then we have done good.