September is a busy time of year for the Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre’s food bank.
Erin Katerynych, executive director says, “Back to school is a hard time for families struggling with poverty. In fact 35 per cent of all Canadians who access food banks are children, when children represent 20 per cent of the population.”
Here in the Battlefords, she says, approximately 50 per cent of the people accessing the food bank are children.
Every day, four million Canadians face tough decisions on how to make ends meet. Every month, more than 2,000 people are assisted by the food bank in the Battlefords.
Farm Credit Canada has partnered with Battlefords Trade and Education Centre and Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre to host the second annual food drive in the town of Battleford.
Last year, generous donations helped raise more than 900 pounds of food for people in need.
Katerynych says they are asking Battleford residents to please fill a bag with non-perishable food items, place it on their doorstep by 9 a.m. and it will be collected by BTEC volunteers on two separate days. Area A, homes north of 22nd Street, on Sept. 24 during the day and, in Area B, homes south of 22nd Street on Sept. 25. See the map.