Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution hosts first main meals drive in 2 years | Globalnews.ca

Wood Buffalo Food Bank hosts first major food drive in 2 years  | Globalnews.ca

2021-11-29 05:47:03

When flooding devastated Fort McMurray within the spring of 2020, Canadians stepped as much as assist the neighborhood any means they may.

“We had 700,000 kilos of meals come as much as us,” Dan Edwards mentioned, govt director of the Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution.

“We have been capable of type of experience that wave of 700,000 kilos to get us by way of these occasions the place we weren’t capable of host a meals drive.”

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Now that offer is dwindling. Think about a number of waves of COVID-19 and the variety of individuals leaning on the meals financial institution steadily grew.

“Then we moved — so now we’re type of getting settled and we’re in a spot that we have been capable of host a meals drive once more,” Edwards defined.

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This weekend the meals financial institution hosted its first meals drive since 2019.

They tried to host one final Christmas season, however as a result of they couldn’t have volunteers, it solely raised roughly 8,000 lbs of meals. As for this weekend, their aim was 80,000 lbs.

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“It takes about 600 volunteers for us to drag this occasion off,” Edwards mentioned.

“AHS has labored with us to assist us proceed to operate, and to proceed to be open as an emergency service and to work with volunteers.”

This service is important for the town as Edwards defined the meals financial institution usually arms out 600 hampers each month they usually’re on observe to maintain assembly that want.

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Fortunately, provide chain considerations due to the state of affairs in B.C. hasn’t affected the meals financial institution but, in response to Edwards. Although he provides, it might simply be a matter of weeks earlier than they really feel the affect.

“There’s just a few different shortages. The turkey scarcity has been a little bit of an issue and there’s a pasta scarcity … however these have been created by different elements.”

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That being mentioned, Edwards hopes to assist B.C. out ultimately as soon as they’re again to regular ranges.

“Everybody throughout the nation got here and supported us after we have been in hassle with the fires and with the flooding,” he mentioned.

“We would like to have the ability to give again we simply have to nonetheless be capable to deal with our personal for at present.”

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