I would like to clarify an interview the CBC did with me on Dec. 20 at the Christmas hamper give away for the needy of the C.B.S./Paradise area. The interview left misinformation and confusion to the people, churches, business and anyone who has assisted us throughout the year.
The food bank is actually owned by the churches and two town councils is the area, and each church and council has a seat on the board of directors.
First, the story left the impression that we are looking for a new home for the food bank, yet I made the point several times that we are not looking for a new premises at this time.
We are content with the facility we now have, the rate we pay is a little less that the going rate for similar properties in the area and is quite suitable to our needs.
It is central and this is primary for us, a food bank in the Paradise area or the Kelligrews or Seal Cove area is too far to the extreme for us.
We may in the future look to buy or build a premises if we can get the funding, but this is only in the discussion stage at this time.
I also pointed out that we have sufficient food available, and what we are looking to do is obtain extra funding from business or other interested parties to buy or build in the future, and increased funding from our usual sources such as the municipal councils, churches, individuals and other groups to defray the increased overhead costs and increase reserves, again to build or buy in the future.
I also pointed out that cash donations are of benefit to us and the giver as they can get a receipt for tax purposes and we can buy the staples we require, or use the funding for the increase in overhead costs.
At the end of the interview I was asked who I would like to thank, and I said I would like to thank the churches for their support of cash and food, the municipalities of C.B.S. and Paradise for the yearly contributions from general revenues and special events, and the individuals, groups and business that assist us throughout the year. This, they did not include in the story.
Without this help, the C.B.S./Paradise Food Bank would not be able to survive.
Why the CBC made an issue of us looking for a new home is beyond me, and why they didnâ€™t take the positive news I gave them is a mystery.
You can rest assured that I will no longer be doing any interview with the CBC in the future.
C.B.S./Paradise Food Bank