Rossland is a special place. But it isn’t so special that we’re immune from things like COVID-19 and the cascading effects of school closures, pub and restaurant closures, store closures, entertainment-venue closures, event cancellations and so on. These are important measures – as is maintaining social distancing. Because, as our Provincial Public Health Officer pointed out, “The whole world is at risk.” Even Rossland.
Rossland's Mayor has written a letter to Rossland residents about the City's response to COVID-19; find it at this link.
Livelihoods are already being affected. People are not being paid what they have been relying on being paid, and they still have the usual expenses: rent, heat and light, food . . . the cupboards are getting bare. Especially for those who did not have the means, or the inclination, to stock up and hoard food. (Do we need to even mention toilet paper? Let’s not.)
And because of those who have stocked up to a ridiculous degree and are hoarding, the store shelves are bare, too.
More people need to resort to the food bank at times like this. Anyone who can afford to give something can help keep some of our neighbours from going without.
What the food bank needs the most:
The most welcome gift for the food bank is cash, because it gives the most flexibility in re-stocking food bank shelves with the items most in demand.
Readers can also provide goods directly; especially the ones on this list from the food bank:
Small blocks of cheese
Packages of individually wrapped cheese slices
Canned vegetables (not beans)
Canned soups (not tomato)
“Side Kicks” (noodles, rice packets)
“Mr. Noodle” (ramen noodles)
Canned ham, turkey or chicken (for sandwiches)
The Food Bank is located on the south side of the arena, toward the curling rink. Volunteers will gratefully receive contributions on Mondays between 5:00 and 6:30 pm, and on Tuesdays between 10:00 am and noon.
We're all in this together. Let's share.