While we are all making attempts to ‘socially distance' and keep safe, we should not ‘socially distance’ ourselves from those in need.
A significant percentage of people in communities prior to the pandemic were reliant on local Food Banks.
As a result of this pandemic, and its unexpected repercussions, the Food Banks have received a surge of calls and people applying for assistance. CBC News reported Food Banks have called upon the Federal Government for assistance (https://youtu.be/Fhp0Zg4q_3s). This dire request was recently made in the House of Commons this past April holiday long weekend. This aid may not be enough and may be too delayed to satisfy the imminent need.
People have been laid off. There are many that are economically insecure. Items on shelves in groceries stores are limited, and deliveries of groceries can be weeks, if someone can afford the service and if it is available in their region. Many more families will be turning to the services of the Food Banks. There are further strains for Food Banks in the inability to receive direct donations, and for taking on more burdens as many centres have had to close.
There is no doubt this situation has been difficult on all of us. This is not the time to wallow. This is the time to show “what we are made of”, the reason we became members of a legal community.
So, Galbraith Family Law is starting a challenge to all law firms and lawyers in the York and Simcoe Regions. We challenge each lawyer and/or law firm in the York and Simcoe to the Food Bank Challenge! We invite anyone else interested in supporting the Food Banks to join us too.
The Challenge is that each person donate to a food banks of your choice from the attached lists (as the donations will go directly to the food bank location), with a minimum donation to each chosen food bank of $20.00 for the next 3 months. Of course if you can, please donate more! When you make your donation, you can email the confirmation noting the amount to
We will tally up the donations and at the end of the campaign, the winning firm will be announced.
The “Social Fare” Challenge is aiming to raise a total between two regions of $12,000.00. Let’s “Socially Fare”.
Simcoe County Food Banks
Alliston – The Good Shepherd Food Bank of Alliston
Angus – Angus Food Bank
Barrie - Barrie Food Bank
Donations preferred on this page link as funds are directed quicker to the organization. The Barrie Food Bank gives back to the community and tries to buy local as much as possible.
Bradford – Helping Hand Food Bank
(cash or cheque donations – no direct online set up)
Collingwood – The Salvation Army Collingwood Food Bank
(The organization accepts direct donations and can be completed on phone by credit card or drop off of cheque)
Elmvale – Elmvale & District Food Bank
Midland/Pentanguishene – St. Pauls United
The site provides you can donate directly via interac transfer or directs you to the Canada Helps Site.
Orillia - The Sharing Place
Very active food bank that services 1700 people. Orillia has over 18% of its community in low income households. The Sharing Place is also taking intiatives to also help service community organizations that would not normally readily get food assistance such as Mens Shelters, Youth Shelters, Salvation Army . They have taken steps to ensure services are provided on a continuous basis while complying with safe distancing protocols.
Stayner – Clearview Stayner Food Bank
Tottenham – Our Town Food Bank
Wasaga Beach – Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank
York Region Food Banks
Aurora Food Pantry
King Township Food Bank
Markham Food Bank
Newmarket Food Pantry
The Newmarket Food Pantry during this crisis is not only servicing their regional 500 families, but expect an increase of up to 800-1000 families as it is also assuming many of the food bank duties from East Gwillimbury as their providers are temporarily closed due to the COVID 19 measures. Financial donations go a long way as it can purchase volumes of food at a wholesale amount.
Richmond Hill Community Food Bank
Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank