Drayton Valley Food Bank, Evacuees Overwhelmed By Generosity

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
May 13, 2016 - 6:05am

As days roll by since Fort McMurray residents were forced from their homes, the cascade of support for Fort Mac evacuees has enveloped the Drayton Valley Food Bank.

The Food Bank has served 75 adults and 29 kids who are calling Drayton Valley home due to having to flee their homes from the wildfire. All the shelves are stocked with items that people need, with Donna Gawlako from the food bank saying “The community has been great, the response has been immense. We’ve got an oil community that is suffering, and they are the first to step up and give.”

Janet Roley is one of the evacuees who have used the food bank, along with her sister in-law and grandson. She says the support has been amazing, right from the moment they arrived in Drayton. “It’s a beautiful little town,” adding “This shows the strength of not just Fort McMurray, not just Alberta, but the whole country.”

The food bank has received loads of fresh produce and bread from local grocers, and at the beginning received 7 full half-ton loads of items from Willows Construction, which they say helped them be prepared for the influx of people needing their assistance. “The food dropped off was already boxed into categories, which helped us greatly,” said Lyndon Muth with the food bank.

You can help by donating non-perishable items, as well as cash donations, which gives the food bank flexibility to go and specifically buy items that are needed. The Food Bank is open to Fort McMurray evacuees from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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