RED DEER- Back-to-school can be a difficult time for families that are struggling to make ends meet.
The cost of school supplies, clothes, bussing and school fees can add up and many families rely on assistance from the Red Deer Food Bank to get through.
“We’re facing great need this time of year,” says Alice Kolisnyk, Deputy Director of the Red Deer Food Bank. “Back to School hits families hard.”
For the past eight years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been working hard to help the Red Deer Food Bank restock its shelves to meet the needs of area families.
Yellow bags are being delivered to area residences in the north half of the city during the week of September 11.
More than 100 volunteer families will pick up the food donations between 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 16.
“We do a fall food drive in the north half of the city and a spring food drive in the south half of the city every year,” says Jennifer Stephan, Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator. “Red Deer citizens have been very generous and together the two food drives typically bring in between 18,000 -20,000 kg of food.”
If you don’t receive a yellow bag and you’d still like to support the food drive, you can drop off your food donation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building at 8 Keast Way.
Donations can also be given to the food bank directly.
The Red Deer Food Bank has seen a steady increase in demand over the past year.
There was almost a 10 percent increase in the number of food hampers handed out in August 2017 over August 2016.
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