Food bank shelves hungry for donations

Shelves are fairly bare at the High Prairie and District Food Bank and need to be filled by donations from the community.
Shelves are fairly bare at the High Prairie and District Food Bank and need to be filled by donations from the community.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Shelves at the High Prairie and District Food Bank are starving to be filled as the need grows as winter and Christmas approach.

“We’re up for demand in hampers and donations have been down,” says food bank director Kim Dumont.

“We are always in need of donations of food and funding, especially during an economic downturn.”

About 370 hampers were distributed each in 2013 and 2014.

Although she cannot predict how quick the economy will rebound, she says the food bank will still need donations.

“People are still having a hard time paying their bills, and when people don’t have a job, the first place they access are support services, such as the food bank,” Dumont says.

During the Christmas season, the food bank appreciates the special annual week-long food drive, usually held in mid-December.

“We rely on our Christmas food drive, that’s one of our biggest drives for donations that puts food in our shelves for a few months into the new year,” Dumont says.

Currently, the food bank is urgently in need of food products such as cereal, canned meats, canned vegetables lunch box items, pudding, peanut butter and jam.

Other items such as laundry detergent, dish soap and various hygiene products such as hand soap, and toothpaste are also needed.

“What you use everyday is what people want,” Dumont says.
“Those things are expensive to buy, and people who donate usually don’t think of those things.”

Dumont is grateful for the major donations collected from the High Prairie HOSTS [Helping Our Students To Succeed] program.

Just over 1,400 pounds of food were collected and donated during Hunger Awareness Week, Sept. 19-23, by students from High Prairie Elementary School, St. Andrew’s School, and Prairie River Junior High School.

The food bank is open to pick up hampers on Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

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

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