Weston food bank’s cupboards are bare

The Weston food bank is feeling a little pinched, according to InsideToronto.

A spokesperson for the Weston Road and King Street-area community centre, Ken Theobald, says that its charitable food sources, such as Second Harvest and the Daily Bread Food Bank, are under an increased demand and so “the dollars we do have aren’t going as far as they used to.”

At the same time, he added, the number of residents who are reliant on its drop-in breakfast, lunch, and community dinners are steadily increasing from about 65 to 100 people daily.


As an amateur economist, can I encourage you, if you feel so inclined, to give cash instead of cans? Nobody likes hotdogs without buns.

Thanksgiving events

Thanksgiving is the most profound time of the year–both melancholy and joyful, with the end of summer and the bounty of harvest; it is time to reflect on what came before and what is yet to come. Or maybe I’m feeling melancholy because it’s my birthday.

The Farmers’ Market is having a harvest celebration this weekend. There will be face painting, castles, and an unusual fashion show.



To honour the season, our local food bank and the Weston Park Baptist Church will be raising money and starting a food drive. The drive will begin in earnest on December 6, but they would be very glad to accept a donation now.


This Thanksgiving, donate to WAES

This weekend is the best weekend of the year. It’s the weekend my family always gets together to celebrate birthdays and Thanksgiving and the changing of the seasons, and even though we are thoroughgoing atheists, we give a little shout-out to the universe for all its many blessings.

If, like me, you have a lot to be thankful for, I hope you’ll consider passing along some of your good fortune to the Weston Area Emergency Support. At least three local organizations are supporting the WAES: the Victory Community Credit UnionCentral United Church, and Weston Memorial school.

You can also give online.

(And can I, as a amateur economist, prod you a little to give money? Imagine what it must be like for the WAES to receive two cans of cranberry sauce but no gravy. Or macaroni but no ketchup. If you give cash instead of cans, they can go buy what they need most. Plus it’s super easy. You can do it online.)

You can drop off your donations, or cheques, at the VCCU.


Leave non-perishables outside this afternoon

Community-minded students from Weston CI will be coming around this Halloween to collect food for the Weston food bank. If you would like to donate, you can leave a bag of food outside your front door. A student will come by between 3:30 and 6:30 to pick it up.

The Weston Area Emergency Support flyer lists some food that you could consider donating: peanut butter, rice, pasta, and canned fruits and vegetables.