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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

New team says Bobcaygeon Food Bank is here to stay

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New Bobcaygeon Food Bank volunteers Mike Perry, Chair (left); Crystal Longo, President; and General Manager Lynne Gurzi.

            The Bobcaygeon food bank “isn’t going anywhere,” said Dr. Crystal Longo, on her appointment as new president of the organization.

            “We are here to stay and looking . . .

. . . to expand our services for local residents.” 

            Dr. Longo is one of several new volunteers taking up key positions within the organization. Others include: Mike Perry, Board Chair; and Lynne Gurzi, General Manager, who will address the front-line needs.

            “Many of our key people have served for years,” noted outgoing president of the Bobcaygeon Helps Food Bank, Sue McGill as she announced the new team. “We are thrilled that Crystal, Mike and Lynne have stepped up to help as the food bank moves forward. The food bank is in very good hands.”

            "Bobcaygeon Helps is fortunate to have volunteers committed to meeting peoples’ needs in a caring and efficient manner,” she said. “I look forward to working with them."

            The Bobcaygeon Food Bank sent out a request for new volunteers this summer, and there was speculation the food bank would have to close, after serving the community for more than 20 years. This is the only independent food bank in the City of Kawartha Lakes—with up to 90 volunteers—and demand for its services grows each year.  Over 10 percent of Bobcaygeon residents use the food bank; more than a third of whom are children.  Many clients have at least one member of the family working.

            A chiropractor in Bobcaygeon, Dr. Longo, along with her husband Chris, and their two children, has lived and worked in Bobcaygeon for more than 12 years. Dr. Longo’s passion is both individual and community health.

            A native of Fenelon Falls, Mike Perry is Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team and serves on the Board of Governors of Fleming College. “Access to nutritious food is a health care issue,” Mr. Perry noted.  “We have to address the immediate need while we work on the bigger picture to end poverty.”

            Lynne Gurzi has lived in Bobcaygeon for over 45 years.  She has experience in the education sector as a union president and chief negotiator, and has been a director of a school food program.           For more information, to make a food or financial donation, or to access the Bobcaygeon Helps Food Bank, please contact Lynne Gurzi, General Manager: 705-886-9425 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No one is turned away. 

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