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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...

The Food Bank is open TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS ONLY from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm, except holidays and 'snow days' when schools are closed. 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 883-2311 or email bernice@angeltreefoodbank.com


Oct/Nov 2015

In Memory of...

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.



Volunteer Opportunities

October 2015 - Caring & Sharing is saddened to report the retirement of long-time volunteer & President Bernice Donaldson (see letter at right.)

With the loss of this organized and multi-hat wearing pillar of CSAT, more than one volunteer position has opened up!

Bernice will continue to assist the Food Bank until the end of this year, helping to brief and train the many people we need to replace her.

There are many positions open for the right volunteers - click to see full descriptions in MS Word format.

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 October 2015

'Speak kindly to yourself too'

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.

Hours are 1:00pm to 3:00pm,

Tuesdays & Thursdays.

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 Aviva 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...


Aviva Donaldson 902-883-1113 - Email


Vice Chair:

Martine Heffernan at 902-259-2084 - Email



Reeta Sweeney at 902-883-9774 - Email


2nd Vice President - Linda Picard

Treasurer/Office Coordinator - Bernice Donaldson - 883-2311


Fund Raising:


Candi Peters 902-719-8628 - Email


Grocery Manager - Grant Arsenault, assisted by Valerie Burke

Contact us at:

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

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!

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!





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.



Caring & Sharing 2015 Calendar at a glance - a Year Round Venture

(more info & photos to come)



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 food items before December 17!


December 4, 5, 6 - RSI Danceworks is performing NUTCRACKER again on December 4 and 5 at 7:00pm and Dec. 6 at 2:00pm at Hants East Regional High School.  Portion of ticket sales are being donated to CSAT and HERH Theatre Fund.

December 15 - sorting - 9:00am

December 16 - gift wrapping - 9:00am

December 17 - food delivery - 8:00am

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

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

December 19 - packing - 8:00am




Food Bank Hours & Location


Tuesday & Thursdays ONLY

1:00pm to 3:00pm

CLOSED holidays and 'snow days'

when schools are closed.

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

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