American essayist and psychologist Og Mandino once said, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
That’s the attitude a group of Nain residents are taking in their efforts to establish a food bank in their community.
“We’re not exactly sure how it will move forward yet. But we know that it will,” Brenda Jararuse said when contacted by phone about the initiative on January 25.
Jararuse said those interested in seeing a food bank in Nain have already met and are now looking into setting up a bank account and scouting out a building to house the food.
“We have to take those steps before we go any further,” Jararuse said.
Once a bank account has been set up, she said, fundraising will begin to buy groceries for the food bank.
There are about 12 volunteers who are interested in helping set up what Jararuse describes as a volunteer-led food bank.
As well, she said, others in the community also feel it’s important to have a food back in Nain and have offered their help a little later down the road.
“There’s a lot of interest with people saying they are willing to help out once it opens up and are willing to be on a committee.”
Jararuse referred to a study released by the Nunatsiavut Government that, she said, noted almost 80 per cent of people living in Nain don’t have enough food to eat.
“That shows there’s a definite need for sure,” she said.
There has been much discussion on getting the food shipped to Nain, Juraruse said.
Partnerships may be forged with organizations willing to partner with the group to help get the food into the community.
“We’ll be asking for monetary donations as well so that, instead of paying hundreds of dollars for shipping, we can put the money into our bank account and then, while we are supporting the community that needs the food, we can also support stores (that sell the food),” she said.
Because of the shortage of housing and vacant buildings in the community, one of the group’s biggest hurdles will be finding suitable space for the food bank.
“That will be a challenge but I’m sure we are going to come up with a space. That’s one of our first priorities,” she said.
Jararuse is interested in talking to others who have set up a food bank in their communities. She can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Any assistance we can get along the way, that will be great,” she said.