Food bank wants produce

Hunger doesn’t take a summer holiday, the food bank’s Erin Katerynych said. 

The Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre, located at 1171 – 101st St. in North Battleford, is looking for food donations as supply is usually short this time of year.

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As a result, the food bank must cut back on the amount of distributed food. Hampers this time of year can be carbohydrate-heavy.

In addition to non-perishable food items, Katerynych said the food bank is looking for vegetables, meat and dairy.

Food bank staff want such food delivered to the food bank. Vegetables don’t have to be cleaned or washed.

Last year, Katerynych said, the food bank received more than two tonnes of produce, and is looking to get that again this year.

The food bank works to prevent local food insecurity. Last year, according to Katerynych, the food bank helped over 2,000 people in any given month. Over 50 per cent of these people are children.

Over 55 per cent of the families who use the food bank use it less than four times per year.

Katerynych also told the News-Optimist the food bank helps approximately 10 per cent of the population in the Battlefords and surrounding area.

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