Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:32

Upcoming MHC food bank fundraiser badly needed

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Food banks have unfortunately become a part of society today with many communities having them. This is also true of the Medicine Hat College (MHC) where the students association has its own food bank for students who are in need.

In order to help with the burden of having a food bank, the Students Association of Medicine Hat College is hosting a Food Bank Fundraiser and Silent Auction March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located in the “soft seat area” of the college near the cafeteria, there will be tables set up with many items up for silent auction. Bidding on the items will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and there was talk they may extend those hours.
It is open to the public, not just students.
A dollar value will be put on the items just as a suggested minimum bid so as to not have items sell for an undervalued price.
Students’ Association Vice-President of Student Life, Mitchell Kurtz says the idea is to make as much money as possible. He has a lot of items already, but is looking for as many silent auction items as possible because of the need.
The idea for the fundraiser is to be able to use the money to buy gift cards.
“We want to be able to provide more nutritional fresh food too besides (macaroni) dinner or noodles,” explains Kurtz. “We need nutritional food, that’s what this is all about.”
Kurtz adds those who use the food banks are people whose student loans don’t last, rural students who don’t have the money by the end of the semester for food, practicum students  and sometimes mature students who may have families and the financial burden is too great sometimes.
“We are finding it’s a variety of students, a real mix. (We) can’t really pinpoint it’s ‘this kind of student,’” explains Kurtz. “We don’t turn anybody away with a need.”
Melissa Stockton, the marketing co-ordinator for the Students’ Association, adds in the operating budget, they rely “solely on donations to keep the food bank operating.” She says they don’t take a lot of extra background information other than their student IDs, ages and if they need to support families versus being single.
“The pantry items are primarily from the Medicine Hat Food Bank,” she adds.
Kurtz says many people don’t know about the food bank because of privacy issues. On the one hand, they want people to use it if they need it, but some either don’t know it exists or they just don’t want anyone to know they need it. It’s a fine line between trying to let people know they have somewhere to go for help and then accessing it.
Kurtz says those who need help can got to the Student Association offices and set up a time to be able to go to their food area for some help.
However with the gift card, the onus will be on the student to pick up food using grocery cards, thus getting some healthy, nutritional items.
Kurtz adds that recently they have a better working partnership with the Medicine Hat Food Bank so that has helped, but they need to get some support to get through not only the last few months for this academic year, but to also get a good start for next year.
Anyone wanting more information or wanting to donate can contact the Student Association office at 403-529-3925 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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