In a show of amazing (and unsurprising) support, community members and businesses in North Grenville, North Dundas, and the broader surrounding area are rallying in support of the House of Lazarus following the recent fire at their food bank location in South Mountain. 

“Willis Kerr has offered us warehouse space at their Clark Road location in Mountain,” said HOL Executive Director Cathy Ashby. “We are very thankful for Dean Kerr’s offer. Currently, we are working with the North Dundas Township and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to get the space ready to open as a food bank. We hope to open within a month.”

Once opened, this new location will in fact be the second reopening since the fire, as the Lion’s Club in South Mountain generously offered their room at the Agricultural Hall as a temporary space in the days immediately following the fire. 

Donations of both food and money have been pouring in. Some businesses have signs advertising that they are a designated donation drop off location. Examples of organizations and businesses that have provided donations are the Retired Teachers Association, the Rotary Club of Kemptville, and Scotiabank. An exhaustive list would simply be impossible given the sheer amount of support coming in, which speaks volumes about the willingness of the community to give back. More comprehensive coverage of the individuals, organizations and businesses that are helping out can be found on the House of Lazarus Facebook page at

“We are humbled at the generosity of our community,” said Cathy. “Food and monetary donations continue to come in. This generosity is ensuring that people in our community receive the food that they need. We are very thankful that we live in such a great community.”

House of Lazarus has helped so many in need in our community over the years. Seeing the community give back at a time of need is heartwarming, to say the least. For more information on how you can help out, visit


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