Supper fundraiser helps feed HP food bank

Nilda Dube, left, was busy preparing the meal for the High Prairie and District Food Bank fundraiser Sept. 28 at the Legion. At the right is food bank co-ordinator Kim Dumont.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie and District Food Bank is thankful for generous support from the community since a financial crunch in the spring.

About $2,700 was raised at a dinner and silent auction Sept. 28, food bank co-ordinator Kim Dumont says.

“I really enjoyed it and I was excited about the turnout,” Dumont says.

“This was the first time of me being involved in this type of event.”

About 100 people enjoyed a variety of Filipino and Canadian food dishes at the event, initiated and organized by Nilda Dube at the Legion.

“The High Prairie and District Food Bank board thanks everyone for their support in the past six months,” says Dumont.

“We really appreciate it.”

Dube prepared the food for the supper, which she said got high marks.

“Some people told me that they would like to see the supper fundraiser held once a month,” Dube says.

She was inspired to host the supper after the food bank announced in spring that it was having financial difficulties and considering closing.

“They are struggling and a lot of people rely on the food bank,” Dube says.

However, the community responded to the call.

“Right now, the food bank is stable,” Dumont says.

“Almost any food bank is in need of both food and funds.”

Donations are usually down in the summer months, she notes.

“During the months of July, August and September, we were open for hampers only once a week,” Dumont says.

“That really didn’t decrease our hampers.”

The number of hampers has been steady in the past 10 months, although some months are busier, she says.

More funds and donation will help the food bank in the next two months.

“We will work at a casino in Grande Prairie at the end of November and hold our annual Christmas Food Drive in December,” Dumont says.

A news release in May from the food bank stated the organization was close to closing as a result of a financial crisis. Since then, donations grew.

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