On Wednesday, December 10, the Centretown Emergency Food Centre presented its volunteer service award, the Betty Neelin Award for Distinguished Service to former City councillor Diane Holmes to acknowledge her many years of strong support for the Food Centre, and other social organizations that serve the poor and needy, in Centretown.
In presenting the Award to Ms. Holmes, Allison Dingle, Chair of the Food Centre, cited her tireless advocacy and generous support, year after year, on their behalf.
The Award was presented on the occasion of the Food Centre’s annual Advent Service and Lunch for its Volunteers. Among those present were Mrs. Betty Neelin, one of the Food Centre’s founders and its volunteer coordinator during its first ten years of operation, for whom the Award is named, and well as Beatrice (Betty) Campbell, a longstanding volunteer at the Food Centre, now retired, and Henry Sawatzky, whose late wife Lenore was the first recipient of the Award.
Since 1975, the Centretown Emergency Food Centre has been the local food bank for Centretown residents. A project of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee, its service is offered to people in need from all faiths and backgrounds who live in the area. Open four days a week, it provides a three to four day supply of food according to family size, on a monthly basis. The Food Centre serves over 750 each month and now spends over $105,000 annually to purchase food.