When Mel Boutilier began providing food to Halifax’s low-income families in 1983, it was his response to a community need. Thirty years later, Boutilier’s non-profit charity, the Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank, continues to help less fortunate residents of Halifax. Besides food, Parker Street now offers a furniture bank and skills development training to help people become self-sufficient. To mark its 30 years of operation, and to raise operating funds for its emergency projects, Parker Street held a dinner and auction on Tuesday, September 21 at the Cunard Centre.

Keynote speaker for the dinner, Colin MacDonald, chairman of Clearwater, is a long-time corporate supporter of the Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank.

During the 2012 operating year, Parker Street’s food bank helped 29,112 people, issuing 158,158 bags of groceries. It also distributed 4,352 pieces of furniture, along with thousands of other items, such as cookware, dishes, cutlery and linen.

Parker Street’s back-to-school campaign also saw 518 students outfitted with backpacks and school supplies. During the 2012 Christmas season, 1,098 families received all the ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner. This registered charity is always looking for donations and volunteers to help out.

www.parkerstreet.org or call 425-2125.

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