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SYDNEY MINES, N.S. — The Sydney Mines Food Bank Society is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a look back at the organization’s history.
Established in 1992, the food bank has provided food assistance to less fortunate community members for three decades.
Before this, those who needed help in the community would call the local clergy and or community groups for help. Due to the high volume of calls every month, it became clear that it was too much for any individuals to handle.
Several community-minded people led by Peter MacNeil got together with Family Services, forming the Sydney Mines Food Bank Society.
On Dec. 5, 1992, the first food drive took place.
The food bank has operated in various locations since its inception but relocated to its current home on Cottage Street in 2002 in the former United Mine Workers Hall that is now known as the Princess Community Centre.
The building provides space for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which operates a clothing depot for those in need. It also offers space for children’s groups such as Pathfinders, Brownies and Girl Guides and meeting space for the Al-Anon group.
The food bank serves about 120-125 families each month, and officials are appreciative of the food and monetary donations they receive.
It is also affiliated with Feed Nova Scotia, which allows it to receive regular donations of perishable and non-perishable food for clients.
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