Edmonton’s Meals Financial institution calls for the generosity of the folks as a way to attain the holiday vacation spot
With a week until Christmas, Edmonton Food Bank officials said they achieved less than half of their food and money goals this Christmas season.
The Tafel’s goals for this year were 350,000 kilograms of food and 1.8 million US dollars, currently they are just under 202,000 kilograms of food.
“It’s bad because not only is it so low, but the number of people who need our services is soaring,” said Marjorie Bencz, executive director of Edmontons Food Bank.
They are a year-round operation and Bencz said the number of people using their grocery boxes has increased in recent years.
According to Bencz, the number of users using their services has increased by 50 percent since 2015. This is difficult because they do not receive core government funding and rely on donations and industry partners for grocery purchases and operating budgets.
The food bank supplies between 20,000 and 25,000 people every month and supplies soup kitchens, food depots and other community programs with groceries.
“We look for everything, but a lot of non-perishable goods,” said Bencz. “Pasta, peanut butter, canned beans, canned sauces, canned fruit, canned meat, baby food.”
Donations can be made online. Grocery donations can be made at all major grocery stores and Edmonton fire stations. In addition, non-perishable items can be stored in mailboxes along Candy Cane Lane until January 1st.