Once again festival-goers supported Edmonton’s Food Bank at this year’s Edmonton Heritage Festival presented by Servus Credit Union. The goal was to raise 50,000 kilograms of food during the Festival food drive which officially lasts until Friday, August 10. To date the Food Bank has only collected 36,000 kilograms of food.
In Edmonton the need for food support is still high. “In July, Edmonton’s Food Bank distributed hampers to 20,892 people (more than the population of Camrose),” says Marjorie Bencz, CM, Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank. Besides providing food hampers to over 20,000 people every month, Edmonton’s Food Bank also provides food for 500,000 community snacks and meals through its agency partners. Edmonton’s Food Bank receives no core funding for food purchases or operations from any level of government and relies on the generosity of the community and food industry partners to assist those in need in Edmonton.
Edmontonians can support the Food Bank in the following ways:
- By dropping off non-perishable food donations at major grocery stores and City of Edmonton Fire Stations.
- Making a monetary donation online using the Food Bank’s CanadaHelps page here.
- By bringing unused Heritage Festival food tickets and food or monetary donations to the Food Bank at 11508 120 Street. The Food Bank can receive donations between 8:30 am & 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday and Saturday.
- By hosting a food drive. Call the Food Bank’s resource development team at 780.425.2133 to learn more on how you can help raise food and money to help feed those in need.