Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:53

Interfaith Food Bank asks for help ‘Feeding the Communities’

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The Interfaith Foodbank and TICCK team as they ready for this years annual Charity Dinner and Silent Auction. The Interfaith Foodbank and TICCK team as they ready for this years annual Charity Dinner and Silent Auction.

October marks a big month for the Interfaith foodbank in Lethbridge.

While reaching out to members of the community to embrace Kids Against Hunger month and hosting a silent auction, foodbank administrators hopes the community can come together to gather donations that will help replenish food supplies, becoming typically low around this time of the year.
Receptionist and administrator for the Interfaith Foodbank, Robyn Jonassen-Armstrong says although events like the Kids against Hunger month does help drive donations, it’s not unusual to see the facility running low on stock during this time of the year.
"It’s pretty typical for supplies and donations to get slower at this time of the year for us. I think everybody is getting back into the swing of things and unfortunately it’s not really at the forefront n people’s minds.”
“There’s also a lot of added expenses for people with kids going back to school,” added Jonassen-Armstrong, “That’s why we have these events, and the community support is great!”
The kids against hunger month which is hosted by the Interfaith food bank, is in its 27th year of calling upon groups across Lethbridge and the surrounding areas to come together and help feed those in need.
The clubs, teams, churches and schools that sign on to be a part of the event, gather their members and set out across their areas and go door to door to gather non-perishable food items that will ultimately go towards re-stocking the foodbanks shelves.
“What happens is, anyone who wants to sign up can call me or go online, let us know how many will be taking part and all those participating will receive nametags identifying them as well as flyers to deliver to households they visit, so that the public knows who they are donating to,” says Jonassen-Armstrong.
All groups taking part will additionally be assigned a specific area within the city to go door to door and collect food items on behalf of the Interfaith Food Bank, however, when the individual food drives will be done will be up to the groups, organizations and teams taking part.
“I’ve had a few signed up so far, this October, however, each year we do average around a dozen to 15 groups all taking part to collect donations.”
“In past years,” added Jonassen-Armstrong, “We’ve had groups from The Gate Church, St. Augustine Anglican Church, Students from Catholic Central High schools and other church youth groups across Lethbridge and the surrounding areas sign up to be a part of it. We’re open to any youth organization in the area that wants to do a food drive!”
Although this event sees a steady incline of organizations signing up throughout the month to help make a difference, it also acts as a great teaching moment to youth within the community of the difference they can make to help the lives of others within their own home town.
However, its not only the Kids Against Hunger month that the foodbank is bringing to life this season, but also the organizations annual Charity Dinner and Silent Auction.
This year, the 11th annual Charity Dinner and Silent Auction was held on September 29th to help raise funds and keep feeding thousands in need throughout the year and this year’s event was a raging success says Jonassen-Armstrong.
“The Silent Auction and Charity Dinner went phenomenally well. Our attendance and proceeds went up from last year which was fantastic, we actually sold out the event this year and raised almost $36,00 for the program.”
The night included a delicious prime rib dinner catered by Adam Essex who is the head chef at the Italian Canadian Cultural Club as well as games, live entertainment, a 50/50 raffle and of course the silent auction itself.
With this year’s tremendous success and the ongoing door to door food drives taking place throughout the remainder of October, the Interfaith foodbank is hoping to have the means necessary to continue serving almost 2,000 needing individuals each month.
All those wanting to get involved with the Kids against hunger month or just donate solely can contact the foodbank’s office at (403)-320-8779 or visit them online at www.interfaithfoodbank.ca

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