October 2, 2019
The impending closure of a Hamilton food bank may leave clients struggling to access the food they need, say those who work with people struggling with food insecurity.
In a news release, St. Matthew’s House executive director Renée Wetselaar said the Barton Street East food bank will close Nov. 1 to make room for a beefed up older adults’ resource and food security centre currently run out of the Eva Rothwell Centre on Wentworth Street North. The board saw a rising need in adults 55 and older for access to food and support services. They say the Barton Street building is better located for those in need.
But with 50 to 75 people visiting the St. Matthew’s House food bank daily, Carol Cowan-Morneau, executive director of Mission Services of Hamilton, worries other resource-strapped food banks like theirs may not be able to absorb those additional clients.
“To remove one food bank that serves 1,500 families in one month, you can imagine that that puts pressure on all the other food banks,” she said.