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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...

March 2014 - It is with deep regret that we inform the community that Margaret Johnson (Mrs. J), has retired from her duties with the Caring & Sharing-Angel Tree Food Bank effective immediately. Mrs. J. has volunteered for over 30 years with this organization and she is highly regarded in the local area. We thank her for her dedicated service to our community and she will be missed.

Until further notice the food bank will be open TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS ONLY FROM 1:00 TO 3:00 pm, except holidays and snow days. We may open on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in April if we have volunteers. We are also looking for volunteers to operate the food distribution to our clients on Tuesdays and Thursday. If you are interested in helping please contact us.  The food bank also requires immediately a Fund Raising Chairperson, Volunteer Coordinator and Food Drive Coordinator. 

There will be a PUBLIC MEETING on Tuesday April 15th at 7:30 PM in the Lounge of the Enfield Legion. Please plan to attend if you are committed to ensuring that the Food Bank continues to operate.

All enquiries should be directed to Bernice at the above address, 883-2311 or email to bernice@angeltreefoodbank.com

Food Bank Fundraising Goes Green with 'Give Us Your Garbage' Programs!

image copyright Terracycle
Food, Health & Beauty Waste Ink & Toner Cartridges Beverage Containers
Collection Point - Your home or office

Go to the Terracyle web site, select Caring & Sharing-Angel Tree as your charity of choice, and print a shipping label for your selected waste and drop it in the mail.  They pay the postage!  Every little contribution adds up for charities and diverts material from landfill.  Terracycle up-cycles & recycles this waste into new and useful products.

  • Tassimo® coffee discs with foil
  • Personal care containers such as shampoo, makeup, body wash etc.

Upon arrangement, small shipments can be handed over to Bernice Donaldson to include in her packages by email or calling her at 883-2311..

Collection Point - Snideys TV & Internet, at their new location in the Carquest Plaza, 601 Hwy #2, across from Elmsdale Lumber.

Today's homes & offices usually have piles of empty ink & toner cartridges building up.  Just by dropping off the empties Food Bank can receive up to $1.00 per cartridge for their programs, and you are diverting waste from our landfills.

Look for the clearly labeled collection box in Snidey's ink section and just pop your ink empties in - it's that easy!  (Staff will collect toner cartridges separately.)

You can also arrange to give your empties directly to Bernice Donaldson by email or calling her at 883-2311.

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!'

'Actually', notes Bernice Donaldson, 'the good folk at Elmsdale Recycling have been doing this for us for years, but not many people know about it.  We thought this would be a good chance to 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.

'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.


Fitness Tax Credit - a Federal program for parents paying for sports camps for their children; now expanded to include their art & music lessons.


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 March 2014

'Make a decision that feels right.  It is.'

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

Food Bank

We are based out of the Enfield Legion. Mrs. Johnson oversees the Emergency Food Bank (758-2484 and leave a message.)  Hours are 1:00pm to 3:00pm Monday through Friday.

Persons requesting assistance throughout the year must contact her for an appointment and fill out the request form in full.

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. Have a computer at home?  You can save your inkjet cartridges for us as we can recycle them for cash.
  2. Have an old, obsolete cell phone?  We recycle those too!
  3. 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!'
  4. Garage or basement cluttered with old car batteries, copper or computer hardware?  These can also be recycled for us at Elmsdale Recycling.
  5. Collect your loose change and pennies to donate.
  6. 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.
  7. Celebrating your birthday with a party? Why not ask your guests to bring a food item instead of gifts?
  8. Purchase a gift for kids or adults at Christmas time for the Angel Tree.
  9. Any family member over 14 can volunteer, year-round.
  10. 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

c/o of Bernice Donaldson

145 Highway 2, Enfield, NS B2T 1C8


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...

President - Position to be filled

1st Vice President - Aviva Donaldson - 883-1113


2nd Vice President - Linda Picard

Treasurer/Office Coordinator - Bernice Donaldson - 883-2311

Secretary - Reeta Sweeney


Fund Raising - Position to be filled


Grocery Manager - Grant Arsenault, assisted by Valerie Burke

Contact us at: 

tel:  902 883 -2311  fax:  902 883-4317

or 758-2484 and leave a message


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.

For more information, or to have your name added to our adopt a family program phone Bernice at 883-2311 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. Email for info at:

Bernice@angeltreefoodbank.com or


Angel Tree Gift Wrapping - Enfield Legion

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!



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 2014 Calendar at a glance - a Year Round Venture

(more info & photos to come)




Thanks to students and staff of Maple Ridge School in Lantz for their recent collection of non-perishable food items to help restock our shelves. 

Shown here are two students in the school lobby with the food packed and ready to go.





March 7th - Riverside Education Center held a HAT DAY on March 7th.  Students made a donation to wear a hat and the Spirit Team Collected $160 from the event.  The food purchased filled the donation box at the Superstore. Great job and a tip of the hat to them!


August 16 - 10:00am to 4:00pm - annual BACK TO SCHOOL food drive at Elmsdale Sobeys.


September 6 - 10:00am to 4:00pm - annual THANKSGIVING food drive at Elmsdale Superstore.




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