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Open in Enfield Tuesday & Thursdays 1:00 to 3:00pm

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A year-round effort...

Caring & Sharing Angel Tree Food Bank is a full time effort and there's usually something happening every month.  Learn more...

Providing the basics to those in basic need...

Assisting families and individuals on restricted budgets to meet their daily nutritional needs.  Learn more...

Give a little Christmas joy...

Ensure the little ones have a good holiday, or adopt a senior in need at a challenging time of year.  Learn more...

Serving the Corridor area and surrounds in central Nova Scotia...

Please note:  Clients will need Health Cards for all members living with them, plus proof of address such as a current electrical bill, etc.  We are located at the Enfield Legion, 50 Old Enfield Road; please use the ground floor entrance around back (see map below).

We are currently looking for a volunteer to serve as a Fund Raising Chairperson.

All enquiries should be directed to email


Nov/Dec 2015

In Memory of...

Mary Isenor

Earl Brownlee

& Marion Lytle

Anne Lively

Bill Tilford

Sam Myers

Carol Sullivan

Eileen Cross

Alex MacPhee

Helen Grace Stephens

Ferne Cole

 Richard ‘Dick’ Barter

they will be missed...

In Memoriam


In Memory of...

In Celebration of...

Many people choose to make a donation to the food bank in memory of a loved one or a friend.

Donations are also received in celebration of special events like Business or Wedding Anniversaries or a milestone birthday.

Children can opt to have food bank donations in lieu of gifts at their birthday parties.



Food Bank 'Green' Fundraising

Beverage Containers - Collection Point - Enviro Depot, Elmsdale Recycling, 75 Park Rd., in the Elmsdale Business Park.

The refund from your empty beverage cans & bottles can easily be donated to Food Bank simply by telling the Depot staff 'Account 14 please!'

Bernice Donaldson notes 'the good folk at Elmsdale Recycling have been doing this for us for years, but not many people know about it.  so we remind the community about this easy way to help  Food Bank AND our environment.'  All normally refundable containers are accepted, including: pop, juice, water, liquor & other beverage containers, with the exception of milk cartons.

Terra Cycle Program -DISCONTINUED

'The Balancing Act' - Living Within Your Budget

Online resources & Food Bank tips for living better in tight times...


Heating Assistance Rebate Program - This program may be able to help with up to $200.00

towards your home heating costs. Call 1-800-670-4357 or visit www.homeheatinghelp.ca


The GOOD NEIGHBOUR ENERGY FUND - administered by the Salvation Army to help supply firewood, oil, coal, propane and electric heat to families in need. Visit the website for details...  


Fuel The Care Program - "For 10 years, Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care program has offered a helping hand to over 35,000 families in Atlantic Canada and New England...providing fuel gift cards to parents who must frequently travel to provide their children with urgent medical care." - courtesy Irving Oil web site. 

Fuel the Care program provides Irving Oil gift cards to families to help parents with the cost of travel for their children’s medical treatments and appointments.  There are five Fuel the Care partner hospitals throughout Atlantic Canada and New England, in Nova Scotia contact the IWK Halifax  (902) 470-8076

Parents are asked to speak with the Social Work Department of each healthcare network to see if they qualify for assistance from the program.  Assistance depends on income, travel distance, frequency of appointments, etc.


Heating Tips - HeatSmart, handy tips for reducing your power consumption and thus your bill.


Tax Credits - Municipal tax credit program for modest income families living in East Hants.


Online Coupons - Canadian Coupons - a user friendly site collecting many sites for grocery, auto, home, restaurant offers and much more.  Use Search on this site and the associated ones to find printable or mail out coupon you can use.


Inspirational Thought for April 2016

'Your feelings matter too.'

O U R   O N - G O I N G   P R O G R A M S

Food Bank

We are located in the basement of the Enfield Legion and are open Tuesday & Thursdays afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Every person, church, business, school and community group is considered a member. We are from all communities from Enfield to Lantz to Nine Mile River etc. and everything in between.

We are all volunteers from every community giving many hours to ensure those needing assistance receive it. We are involved and work with but not affiliated with any one Church. We are a community organization and non-denominational.

We are not affiliated with Feed Nova Scotia but are members of the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce.  Our status:


  • are a Designated Charitable Organization recognized by Revenue Canada and issued a Tax Number. Receipts are issued for donations of $10.00 or more.
  • also accept In Memory gifts and issue acknowledgement cards to the families as well as gifts for birthdays, Christmas etc.
  • are registered with the United Way
  • assist businesses to set up their own payroll deduction accounting and receipts will be issued once a year to the individual contributors once we receive a listing and payment from the business.

How can you and your family help the Food Bank?

There are many ways that you and your family can help.  First know that the food bank operates year round and not just at Christmas time, therefore we need YOU all year.

  1. Are you 'thinking green' and recycling your beverage cans and bottles?  You can donate the recycling money by dropping them off at Elmsdale Recycling in the Business Park - Just say 'Account 14 please!'

  2. Garage or basement cluttered with old car batteries, copper or computer hardware?  These can also be recycled for us at Elmsdale Recycling.

  3. Collect your loose change and pennies to donate.

  4. Picking up groceries at Elmsdale Superstore or Sobeys?  You can always toss a non-perishable food item into our collection boxes at both locations, all year round.

  5. Celebrating your birthday with a party? Why not ask your guests to bring a food item instead of gifts?

  6. Purchase a gift for kids or adults at Christmas time for the Angel Tree.

  7. Any family member over 14 can volunteer, year-round.

  8. Your business can come up with their own fund or food raising initiatives. 

Donations by mail may be sent to:

Caring & Sharing-Angel Tree Food Bank

50 Old Enfield Road, UNIT 2

Enfield, NS, B2T 1C9

Food Bank Needs

Potato Carrots  Turnips
Onions Apples Oranges
Fresh Turkey Prem* Kraft Dinner Canned Turkey
Canned Ham Canned Chicken Stuffing*
Canned Salmon Canned Tuna Pickles*
Long Spaghetti Oatmeal* Canned Baked Beans
Canned Stew* Canned Spaghetti Can Soups
Mushrooms* Canned Cream Corn Peanut Butter*
Flour Sugar* Canned Fruits*
Jam* Cheese Whiz* Canned Green Beans
Canned Peas Rice* Canned Juice*
Canned Corn Margarine Mixed Vegetables
Juice Crystals* Canned Milk* Pancake Syrup*
Cereal* Pancake Mix* Cranberries
Stewed Tomatoes* Meat Sauce* Crackers*
Tea* Coffee* Puddings*
Cake Mixes* Jell-O* Bread
Shortening Hot Chocolate* Muffin Mixes
Hot Dog Buns Hamburger Buns  Baked Loaves*
Eggs Baked Cookies* Baking Needs
Ketchup Mustard Baby Formula
Hamburg Helper Baby Food Toothpaste*
Baby Diapers Powdered Milk* Toilet Tissue*
Toothbrush* Face Soap* Deodorant
Kleenex *indicates past shortages

We Are...


Aviva Donaldson - Email


Vice President:

Martine Heffernan -  Email



Reeta Sweeney - Email



Shannah Hynes - Email


Treasurer/Purchasing Agent:

Paula King 902-883-9199 -  Email


Fund Raising:



Grocery Manager:

Grant Arsenault, assisted by Valerie Burke


Christmas Coordinator/Adopt a Family/Angel Tree:

Denise Freeman phone 902-883-2866 - Email

For General Inquiries contact us at - Email




Still looking for a few people to help on the organizational end, especially Fund Raising Chair.

Many thanks to the members of the Enfield Lions Club

for all the transportation supplied.

The Angel Tree

The Christmas Program can supply food boxes to approximately 200 families including single adults, per year. We supply gifts to approximately 250 children per year with extras including crayons, coloring books and games and gifts to approximately 100 adults. In addition, the Emergency Food Bank supplies approximately 300 families throughout the year with groceries.

The Caring & Sharing-Angel Tree Food Bank began the Adopt-A-Family Program in 1993. Since its humble beginnings of having only two Adopt-A-Families we now have 40.

We only allow a family to become an Adopt-A-Family once if at all possible.

To adopt YOU:

  1. Choose a family size
  2. Choose if you want to purchase all the food and gifts or just do the food or just the gifts.
  3. Purchase your items
  4. Wrap the gifts
  5. Deliver your purchases at the designated time and place

We supply you with a list of food items that we place in the boxes but you may add whatever extras you like.

We include toothbrushes for each person, toothpaste and mittens for the children.

You may add household items such as toilet tissue, soap etc. if you wish.

You may also add other meats, milk, frozen vegetables, french fries or hash browns.

We supply you with a WISH LIST of gifts for the children and parents and you may put together Christmas stockings for the children if you like, along with any pets.

If your family agrees, we would release only their first names and if you agree we would release your name and address so they can send you a thank you note.

Email us for more information, to have your name added to our adopt a family program or to have your name added to the list for the Christmas season and to enable us to get your family information to you as soon as possible.

Contact us at Email

Angel Tree Gift Wrapping - Enfield Legion

Open on the Ground Floor, Enfield Legion

Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00pm

CLOSED holidays and 'snow days'

when schools are closed.


We Serve...

  • Antrim

  • Belnan

  • Carroll's Corner (not including Milford to Carroll's Corner)

  • Dutch Settlement

  • Elmsdale

  • Enfield

  • Goffs

  • Guysborough Road

  • Hardwood Lands

  • Horne Settlement

  • Lantz (to Ross's Hill)

  • Nine Mile River (to bridge & Cheese Factory corner)

  • Oldham

  • Renfrew

  • Oakfield

  • Fall River

  • Waverley

  • Old Enfield Road

  • covering all areas within these boundaries

Your donation helps close to 150 families at Christmas time and dozens of families year-round, because need knows no season!


Company or Group Fundraising

Want to do a Christmas Box?

Your company or group can help out at Christmas or indeed any time of the year; we're always interested in new ideas!

Ask us about borrowing our banner for your event...


Links We Like...


logo copyright Weekly PressThanks as well to our friends at the Enfield Weekly Press for all their support around the year!




Caring & Sharing 2015 IN REVIEW - a Year Round Venture



February 21 - The East Hants Pee Wee B Hockey Team held a “Fill the Net” food drive on Feb. 21/15.  Here's some team members in front of collected food in vehicle.

February 22 - 'Fill the Rink Challenge', East Hants Sportsplex - the East Hants Female Hockey Team collected non-perishable food donations for C&S.   Thanks to all the volunteers...



Thanks to everyone at the Maple Ridge School for this wonderful Spring collection!


April 18 - The Tri County Area Scouting held their ‘Operation Helping Hand”at the Elmsdale Sobeys.


The Scouts and their leaders leaders shopped the shelves of Sobeys and collected 3 carts of non perishable food items for Caring & Sharing-Angel Tree Food Bank. Two other food banks received the same amount of donations.  On behalf of the fC& S Food bank we thank you for your support and hard work - a job well done!


August 8 - Elmsdale Sobey's Food Drive - Saturday, August 8th - 10:00am to 4:00pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - please call Martine at 902-476-1224 (C) or 902-259-2084 (H)



September 12 - Elmsdale Superstore Food Drive - Saturday, Sept 12th - 10:00am to 4:00pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - please call Martine at 902-476-1224 (C) or 902-259-2084 (H)

September 15 - Annual General Meeting, 7:30 PM in the Lounge at Enfield Legion




Saturday November 7 - Enfield Dart League - Deborah Bennett posted this photo on Facebook to show the donations collected casually at her Friday Dart Nights at the Enfield Legion.  Many thanks!




Saturday November 14


The Dutch Settlement Volunteer Fire Department is holding their annual door-to-door food drive, rain date TBA


Left - last year's drive  collected 3,101 pounds of food and approx. $200, which all found a good home through Caring & Sharing.


Friday November 20

Zumba Food drive, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Riverside Education Centre, partnered with ProTX Services in Elmsdale. 

For info: call 902-883-9716 or email Dorothy.


Now until December 17

- Enfield District School

'Think 100'

- each class has been challenged to bring in 100 non-perishable food items before December 17!

See photo of 'the first installment' from this campaign in

December's posting below.




Saturday November 28

10:00am to 3:00pm

Local 'Avon Lady' Krista Piek again organized a Christmas Craft Sale at the East Hants Sportsplex; admission was free a Food Bank donation. 

A good turnout of local vendors exhibiting their wares brought in a larger number of shoppers this year, and Food Bank Donations this time were noticeably greater - Over $60.00 in cash and a trunk-full of food!

Claire Carruthers celebrated her birthday by having food donations in lieu of gifts.

Happy Birthday Claire & thanks for helping others before yourself!


December 1 - Enfield District School classes are each trying to collect 100 items. The photo below of a some of the 'collector kids' with part of the 'collection'.  They are doing an amazing job!


December 1 - Protx Physiotherapy Clinic, Elmsdale

A great collection of food, cash & gift cards from their clientele was 'matched' by the Clinic, resulting in a wonderful combined 'December Gift' to Caring & Sharing! 

Many may have noticed their road sign while driving by in recent days, and Protx staff did a great job of looking after the donations. 

We salute them for a truly generous campaign idea at this truly important time of year for Food Bank.  A grand total of 40 bags of groceries, and nearly $600 was collected; the good folks at Protx then matched it for us!

December 1 to 18th - SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE FOOD-RAISER - The Enfield Weekly Press offered $10.00 off a yearly subscription with a Food Bank donation - to be shared between Caring & Sharing & Shumiliacke Food Banks.  Caring & Sharing is grateful for the efforts from the paper, long-time supporter.

December 3 - Serenity On the Hill Spa and Salon in Lantz - 4:00pm to 8:00pm - Our 5th Anniversary Holiday Open House - Come in and start your Christmas shopping early and enjoy tax free shopping on retail items!!! Plus find Stocking Stuffers and Gift Cards or book a Mini-Service now with Bee or others now. at 902 883-2330LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES!

We are supporting the Food Bank  as usual this Holiday Season, and this year would appreciate any toiletries you may be able to donate. 

Saturday December 5 - 2:00pm - annual Corridor Santa Claus Parade - leaving from the Elmsdale Truck Centre in Elmsdale, moving along Highway #2 through Elmsdale towards Enfield, and winding up at the Enfield Legion in Enfield (before the 3:30 kid's party upstairs). Santa's Elves will be collecting NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS AND UNWRAPPED TOYS from residents along the parade route.  Come help us with the sorting of food & toys in the Food Bank on the ground floor of the Legion immediately after the parade, organized by C&S's Grant Arsenault.  The parade is organized by the Enfield  Volunteer Fire Department, with Cecil Dixon as long-time Coordinator.  Local businesses Elmsdale Landscaping & Sangster's Automotive have respectively managed the toy & food collections or many years.  C&S thanks the Parade managers and all the volunteers for this important annual pre-Christmas boost to our stocks. 

Saturday December 5 - 9:00am to 1:00pm - Elmsdale Sobeys Pajamarama - Local Grade 9 student Rebbecca Feindel-Sherry was back again with her now annual collection of cozy pjs for local kids in need; this year all pairs donated will again be given directly to Caring & Sharing Angel Tree.  She and her family then rushed from Sobeys to set up a float in the annual Santa Claus parade and collected even more over the route from Elmsdale to Enfield!

December 4, 5, 6 - RSI Danceworks again performed NUTCRACKER DREAMS on December 4, 5, & 6 at Hants East Regional High School.  A portion of ticket sales was donated to CSAT and HERH Theatre Fund; this year Food Bank received over $480 which will go a long way towards making someone's else's dreams come true this Holiday Season.  'Good Show & thanks for your continuing support!'

2015 Corridor Santa Claus Parade

- Saturday December 5

This important annual event provides a significant influx of food & toys for needy families.  This could not happen without the many volunteers from local businesses & families who work so tirelessly before, during and after the parade - we're extremely grateful to each & every one who helped out!

Left - Pajamarama - Rebecca Feindel-Sherry rushed from her collection at the Elmsdale Sobey's to take part in the parade and collect more pjs for local kids!

Elmsdale Landscaping has provided the 'Toy Truck' for years,

while hardy volunteers walk the entire route collecting in carts!

Sangster's Automotive coordinates the Food Tuck,

and helps with the unloading at the Food Bank.

The first containers of collected food awaiting the volunteers.

Sorting proceeds rapidly and efficiently.

This year's volunteers included Milford 625 Air Cadets...

and members from the 1st Lantz Cubs, Scouts & Venturers

The Food Sorting may initially look a little chaotic, but years of experience has created a procedure that actually results in a fun & efficient distribution of the many toys, toiletry items & non-perishable food items provided by generous parade watchers.  This year we collected as much or perhaps a little more than usual; many thanks to all who donated or helped out!

December 12 - Guardian Pharmacy, our long-term partner in the Elmsdale Mall, had a well-filled collection box in a eye-catching 'Santa's Sleigh' display, right by the entrance and impossible to miss!  Thanks for a prime spot for Caring & Sharing!

December 11 - William Lutley celebrated his 6th birthday by having cash donations to purchase turkeys for the food bank.  Thank you William for sharing your birthday celebration gifts by helping others; Happy 6th birthday William and thank you for your donation!

December 12 - 10:00am to 2:00pm - Exit Realty's Annual Food Drive in Enfield

December 12 - Evening - Annual Lantz Volunteer Fire Department Food Drive in Lantz

December 15 - sorting - 9:00am

December 16 - gift wrapping - 9:00am

December 17 - food delivery - 8:00am

December 17 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm - 3rd Annual Decorated Home Tour - Briarwood B&B once again opened it's doors to show off their Holiday decorations.  A tour of this lovely Bed & Breakfast was free but donations to Caring & Sharing Food Bank were gratefully accepted, totally 19 bags of food and more than $150 in cash.

December 17 - Adopt-a- Family - 7:30am

December 18 - Adopt-a-Family - 7:30am

December 19 - packing - 8:00am

Left - in recent years two of our local politicians have made it a point to join us to 'pitch in on Packing Day' to help ensure locals in need will have a 'Happy Christmas'. 

We'd also like to thank East Hants MLA Margaret Miller and our member of Parliament Scott Brison for their year-round promotion of Caring & Sharing; their support is greatly appreciated.



Packing the Christmas boxes for our local families is the culmination of the year for Caring & Sharing.  This is when our volunteers are most appreciated, as they bustle about, focused on their 'shopping lists' and the challenge of packing everything safely & efficiently under time pressure.
Outgoing President Bernice Donaldson (far right) joins this year's volunteers, including Hants/Kings MP Scott Brison. Follow the process as the carts pass through fresh produce, canned fruit & veggies, beverages, cereals, the baked goods department, and so on...
'The Produce Section' Hot drink mixes anyone?
Boxes are topped up with extras like Pajamas donated by 'Pajamarama'. Packed boxes of food are finally neatly packed to await pickup along with gifts by needy families.




Food Bank Location

We are located at the Enfield Legion, 50 Old Enfield Road; please use the ground floor entrance around back.


Mailing Address

50 Old Enfield Road, UNIT 2

   Enfield, NS, B2T 1C9

OPEN for pickup as well as all donations:

 Tuesday 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Thursday 1:00pm to 3:00pm

CLOSED holidays and 'snow days'

when schools are closed.

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