The South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre is back!
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre to close its doors several weeks ago, along with Jalna Library.
The centre has been sending south London residents to the emergency food cupboard at the Northwest London Resource Centre since then—a trip across the city that’s too far for most.
“Opening the door is the first step. Feeding our children and ensuring babies have everything they need to thrive is the second step and the third step is supporting vulnerable residents in the community.”
Thanks to donations from the Local Love in a Global Crisis fund organized by United Way Elgin Middlesex, the food cupboard is re-opening May 5 at St. Justin’s Parish on Jalna Blvd. Local families will be able to pick up breakfast bags for children and much needed formula, diapers, personal hygiene items, and of course, food. The following week they will be open to the general public with regular hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“Opening the door is the first step,” says Nancy Needham, Executive Director, South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre. “Feeding our children and ensuring babies have everything they need to thrive is the second step and the third step is supporting vulnerable residents in the community.”
Needham is very pleased by the response to the food cupboard’s return in the community. She’s already heard from local churches and organizations eager to donate grocery store gift cards and contribute items. As well, Church in the Oaks will reach out to the neighbourhood asking for donations of non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, cleaning products, diapers, and formula to bring to St. Justin’s for distribution.