Edmonton Heritage Competition goes reside and Tafel is counting in your donations – Edmonton

Edmonton’s Food Bank needs your help.

The long August weekend and Edmonton Heritage Festival tended to be a big food ride during the three-day event, but this is not your typical summer.

“We typically get around $ 100,000 in donations,” said Marjorie Bencz, chief executive of the Edmonton Food Bank. “In addition, this event naturally adds up to 50,000 kilograms of durable food.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Heritage Festival is taking its pavilions online and offering a hodgepodge of entertainment and restaurants to order your meat on a stick and other favorites.

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Edmonton’s Food Bank also had to get creative – it is soliciting more online donations and is hosting a drive-through event on Saturday.

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Donations can be made between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM at the Edmonton Food Bank warehouse at 11508-120 St. NW. You can also donate to the Southgate Center North Parking Lot at 5015-111 St. NW.

“In our summer months, our supplies are really scarce,” said Bencz. “We rely on special events during the year.”

The Edmonton Food Bank has also topped up its supplies for the coming months.

In March, as COVID-19 stoppages and layoffs were felt across the country, the need for food baskets was staggering.

More than 25,000 customers were served this month – a record for Edmonton’s Food Bank.

There could be another surge in demand in October, when the Federal CERB program ends.

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“We have to be there in the long term,” said Bencz. “But we don’t know what will happen in the fall.”

Edmonton’s Food Bank has also adjusted the type of food delivered to other social services – packed lunches instead of hot meals are offered.

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Bencz said big grocery stores still have the food donation bins and every little bit helps.

“Without the support of the community, we would not have been able to get through this roller coaster.”

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