Municipality, neighbours, and Community Care respond after Colborne grocery store fire

Foodland fire Colborne

Colborne’s Foodland was seriously damaged in a fire recently. It was the only grocery store serving the community.

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A fire was called in on May 24, just before 5 a.m. The Foodland in Colborne was burning down. It would be devastating to the community as it was the only grocery store. Within no time, the residents responded. Offers for rides or to pick up groceries filled social media. Municipal staff jumped in to provide coordination. The reaction was immediate and heartfelt.

Calls went back and forth between Northumberland Community Care and Mayor Mandy Martin to organize a bus service to pick up residents at three locations and take them to Cobourg for groceries. This was on top of local volunteer efforts.

In this interview, you will hear the story behind the efforts of the community and organizations to help the residents of Colborne and Cramahe. Mayor Mandy Martin and Community Care Executive Director Trish Baird will tell the story behind the story.

Originally aired: June 2, 2023

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