Food bank harvests big donation from council

The Town of High Prairie presented a cheque of $3,723.23 to the High Prairie and District Food Bank, as the amount received from renting town-owned land. Standing left-right, are renter David Zabolotniuk, food bank co-ordinator Kim Dumont and High Prairie Mayor Brian Panasiuk.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie and District Food Bank reaped another harvest of funds during the Christmas season.

A cheque for $3,723.23 was presented to food bank co-ordinator Kim Dumont from Mayor Brian Panasiuk on Dec. 27.

The amount is the rental fee from David Zabolotniuk for leasing town land in the west industrial area in 2019, the seventh year of the project.

“It’s a win-win for all partners,” Panasiuk says.

“The food bank gets support to assist people in our region.

“Town land is used for the community and David profits from a crop.”

Zabolotniuk has also contributed $2,500- $4,000 annually from the crop to the food bank, depending on the price of grain and the harvest.

“I enjoy doing it,” Zabolotniuk says.

“Farmers feed the world and I want to support local people,” Zabolotniuk says.

The food bank is pleased with the partnership.

“We do our part and you do your part,” Dumont says as the three discussed the project.

“We appreciate the ongoing commitment from the town and David.”

Zabolotnuik says the project has expanded to include adjacent land owned by Martin Deerline.

The food bank appreciates the support.

Donations from the community continue to sustain the food bank.

Funds and food were collected for the food bank by High Prairie radio station Real Country at its 11th annual Doug Spurgeon Memorial Food Drive held Dec. 9-13.

More was raised during an annual Jail and Bail on Dec. 12.

Dumont plans to confirm the total funds raised early in the new year.

She also appreciates other donations that poured in during the Christmas season from businesses, organizations and citizens.

“With all these donations, we have replenished our shelves and allowed us to store some in our warehouse as surplus to assist clients early in the new year,” Dumont says.

“We thank everyone who donated and supported the food bank.”

Donations are always welcome.

Top items needed for the food bank include:

  • Canned vegetables.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Lunch snacks (e.g. cookies, granola bars, fruit snacks).
  • Sugar.
  • Canned fruit.
  • Cereal.

For more information on food hampers, phone the food bank at [780] 523-5777.

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