Fort Saskatchewan has stepped up the past few months to support their local food bank.
Since Mar.17, the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank has received over $137,000, and around 17,500 lbs from the community, allowing them to feed over 1,000 local residents.
"The support that we've received from the community has been phenomenal over the last couple of months, helping us through COVID," said food bank president Kassandra Gartner. "We really feel blessed."
Support has come in from both individual residents as well as local businesses, like The Venue's soup program.
While many have been relying on the food bank during the pandemic, Gartner explained they are expecting the demand to ramp up significantly towards the end of the summer and heading into the fall, once the government support systems begin to lessen. They have already begun preparing for the increase and ask the public to continue donating.
"By supporting the food bank, they are supporting those in need in our community directly," said Gartner.
Their office is currently closed to the public but food donations can be dropped off in the collection bins at Safeway, Station Square Co-op, and Freson Bros. Monetary donations can be made online or mailed.
Hamper days are Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. People can phone in to request a hamper or register online.