Winter 2020

What's New at KVC

Thanks to everyone for being understanding and making an effort to keep our staff and clients safe.

We are still available to help with all your pets needs despite the recent tightening of restrictions again.
It has been disappointing for everyone and does make everything a little more difficult to do, so we ask for your patience if we are running late.
We still are asking for only 1 person per animal to come to the appointment and we will again be taking the animals from you for their examination.
We are limiting the number of people in the waiting room to 1 at a time, and request that you use the hand sanitizer at the door before you come in, and where possible, wear a mask.
Now that it is getting colder and wetter, we understand if you would prefer to wait in your car. You can phone us when you get here and we will phone you when we are ready to see you pet.
Finally, we hope you all stay safe and sane, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

 
KENSINGTON FOOD SHARE PANTRY

Kensington Food Share Pantry also takes pet food and accessories

The concept is simple – give what you can and take what you need.

Local Kensington residents are working with Kensington Neighbourhood House (KNH) and have established a free food share pantry on McCracken St, Kensington.
The pantry provides an opportunity for locals to contribute food or to take what they need. So far, the food share pantry has been embraced, with many community members giving and taking the contents. It is open 24/7 on the porch of Kensington Neighbourhood House, 89 McCracken St, Kensington.
With the Covid19 pandemic creating additional financial challenges and food insecurity for many, it occurred to local resident Marti Block to establish this food share pantry as a way to tackle food insecurity. A few conversations with Kensington Neighbourhood House staff later and it was happening. Marti and his neighbour Bruce Hercus built a custom pantry from scratch with recycled materials. A team of locals, working with KNH, have volunteered to take care of the pantry.

A key principle of the pantry is reducing waste by providing a place for people to contribute food that may otherwise go to landfill.  It is a way to increase food security by providing a source for locals to access free food anonymously, including for those that don’t connect in with other local services and it is also a way to strengthen community reciprocity. A ‘test and learn’ approach is being taken, responding to the community’s needs and adapting quickly. There are lots of possibilities for the pantry and the hope is to expand beyond non-perishables soon.  
Whether you need an extra tin of tomatoes for dinner, or you want to donate some staples like pasta or rice or you are experiencing daily food insecurity - the food share pantry is for everyone. The pantry has been established with hope, trust and a belief in the community’s desire to support each other.
The Food Pantry has been operational for two months and has been a huge success with a steady flow of visitors. The demand is outweighing the contributions and it is anticipated that the use of the pantry will grow as the word gets out there. In the first month it was averaging 100 items being taken each week and 100 items being donated. The Food Share Pantry currently accepts non-perishable, un-opened food within use by date. They are also seeking pet food – canned and dried food from the community.   

You can find more information on their Facebook page. Search for McCracken St Food Share Pantry and you will find it.