Friday, 10 November 2017 07:07

Donations to the Interfaith Food Bank help

Written by  Demi Knight
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Lethbridge and surrounding areas stepped up this October to help feed the hungry through community minded projects.

One project in particular being the Zentner family from the Cornerstone Funeral Homes who hosted a spooky attraction to get the public out and encourage donations for the Interfaith Food Bank, and the organization couldn’t be more grateful.
“We are so grateful to donors like the Zentner Family that put their hearts into new and different ideas to support our efforts to address hunger in our community,” says Executive Director of the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge.
“The Haunted House was a great idea, and it appears as though the community really responded to it!”
 On October 31st from 6-10 p.m. all members of the community were invited out to tour the haunted attraction put on by Cornerstone Funeral Homes at 1541 Coalbanks Boulevard West and the public came out by the hundreds.
As the spookiest night of the year sent chills through the air, and children dressed as their favourite characters took to the streets to trick or treat, the haunted house kicked into gear to give participants a fright to remember and all for a good cause.
“We just love the creativity that exists in this community when groups and people like Chad Zentner step up to do things new and different it helps us spread the cause in new ways,” says McIntyre of the newest way that members of the community have come up with to help feed those in need.
McIntyre also added that these kinds of events are vital to the Interfaith food bank as they help the organization connect with the public in ways that sometimes they can’t do themselves.
“We rely entirely on support from the community as we’re not a government funded organization, so we really need new ways to fundraise so that we don’t tire the community out in the same way asking for donations year-round.”
And this event was as unique as it gets, since this is the first time a haunted house has been held in honour of collecting donations for the food bank, the public were fast to attend and donate. With a total contribution of $630, which consisted of 204 pounds of food and $120 in cash, with over 400 people visiting the attraction over it’s 4 hours of being open, the haunted house was a spooky success.
With that raging success, Chad Zentner, one of the organizers of the event says he can’t wait to run it again next year and help the Food Bank continue to give to those in need.
“When you can make giving fun its easier to raise the resources you need. The initiative too of community members coming up with ideas like the haunted house takes a huge strain off of us at the foodbank so that we don’t have to use our very limited funds or resources to raise the donations we need to keep serving those in need,” says McIntyre.
Although it wasn’t only Cornerstone that got involved with the Interfaith Food Bank over the spooky holiday but also Perfect Storm Athletics.
The organization hosted their second annual Trunk or Treat event this Halloween, which encouraged all community members to stop by and give donations to the cause.
 With the two community-ran fundraisers taking place over Halloween, the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge, which is a non-profit organization that works year-round to provide food hampers and necessities to those in need across the city for the last 25 years couldn’t be more grateful. With the addition of  over 100 volunteers giving their time every year to sort food, build hampers, and participate in fundraising activities, as well as local businesses, schools, church groups and community organizations hosting their own events to collect food and funds on their behalf, the Interfaith Food Bank is hoping for a successful upcoming season of having the means necessary to continue feeding those in need.

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