The COVID-19 emergency has led to a temporary period of unemployment for many people and has made accessing services for those already in need of assistance more difficult.

Food banks across the area are open to serve people who need food and personal care items.

The Vankleek Hill Food Bank is remaining open with its usual by-appointment procedure.  To contact the food bank, call 613-678-8119. It is accepting donations online. The email address for e-transfer donations is: [email protected] Please send an email to that email address with your full name and mailing address for a charitable donation receipt.

The Hawkesbury Central Food Bank, located at 548 Main Street East is open for its regular hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  For information, call 613-636-0666.

At the L’Orignal Food Bank and Thrift Store, the food bank is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. so clients can drop off the list of items they require.  Item pickup is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays.  The thrift store is closed until April 5.  The food bank is located at 261 Longueuil Street in L’Orignal.  The telephone number is 613-675-1999.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society operates the food bank in Alexandria, located at 162 Main Street South.  The food bank remains open and for information, call 613-525-0941.  The St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Alexandria is closed to both customers and donations.

To reach the Grenville Food Bank, call 819-242-8088.

The Centre d’entraide d’Argenteuil food bank is located at 171 rue Mary in Lachute.  For information, call 450-562-5151 ext.106.

Most food banks are accepting donations. Contact your local food bank to see how you can help.