BRACEBRIDGE — Easter will be a bit sweeter for some children this year.

The Rotary Club of Bracebridge in partnership with an anonymous donor purchased and delivered chocolate treats to the Manna Food Bank.

The sweets worth $2500 were purchased locally to also support Bracebridge’s business community.

Paul Hammond, chair of the club’s human services committee, who delivered the chocolate, said: “The Manna Food Bank supports many families in our community.  Through this donation, we hope this brightens the day for some children that might not be visited by the Easter Bunny this year.”

Sam Robinson, of the food bank, said the chocolate was included in its Easter Meal Kits, which were distributed to client families this week.

She thanked the club for all the work Rotary undertakes on so many fronts but most especially for the on-going support of Manna.

“The participation of Rotary is greatly appreciated.”

Club president Brenda Rhodes said the club is “eager to work with partners to help the community as we continue dealing with the COVID-19.”

From helping local businesses with initiatives such as delivery of hand sanitizer and the recent Take Out to Help Out program to helping residents and supporting the health care sector, “we recognize there is a huge need in many areas across our community.”

In this time of unprecedented need, the Rotary Club of Bracebridge has made a number of contributions to the community including, but not limited to, distributing $25,000 to Bracebridge families through the Rotary Cares COVID-19 Assistance Fund Program; a $5,000 donation to the Manna Food Bank and the on “ready to heat” prepared meals to Manna Food Bank over this past winter.

The club also has roster of volunteers that are providing assistance to residents through grocery and medication deliveries.

Additionally, in partnership with the town the club launched “Take Out to Help Out” a local program to encourage residents to dine-in or take out from local restaurants and then earn a chance to win a $60 meal voucher. This program is from March and July.


The club of Bracebridge was formed in 1936 and is one of 34,000 community-based service clubs throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Bracebridge is a local service club that is very active with many projects and programs that enhance our great community. Its motto is ‘Service Above Self.’

Every day members of the club work on service projects that make a positive impact on the local community and more broadly in communities world-wide.

Recent, notable projects of the Bracebridge Rotary Club are the establishment of the Rotary Gardens on Taylor Road and Pine Street and the ongoing support for youth through the hosting of girl guides and boy scouts at the Rotary Centre for Youth. The Bracebridge Club has been a significant supporter for the world-wide “End Polio Now” Campaign.

Members meet weekly on Fridays from 12:15 until 1:30 p.m. and are currently meeting virtually online due to COVID-19.

Rotarian Paul Hammond and Manna Food Bank volunteer Denis Grenier with some of the $2,500 in chocolate treats the club and an anonymous donor bought locally to hand out this weekend in the the food bank’s Easter Meal Kit.