Stettler Food bank staff grateful for solid community support

A partnership with FCSS has allowed for a new hamper deliver service as well

  • May. 7, 2020 1:20 a.m.

The community has shown tremendous support to the Stettler Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although demand has actually gone down as of late, financial contributions have been very generous, said organizer Betty Birch.

“We’ve received tonnes of support financially. Also, people who haven’t been able to work at their regular jobs have been stepping forward to volunteer here,” she said.

Donations of food haven’t been taken during the pandemic, so therefore the community has really stepped forward with the financial help – for which Birch is thankful. “There has been financial support from businesses, individuals and we’ve received some funding from both school districts because they have turned over their funding for their breakfast programming,” she said. “We are truly grateful for the support of this community because I know of other food banks that are struggling,” she said.

These days, pre-packaged hampers are available for pick-up from the Stettler Food Bank, which is located in the basement of Stettler’s United Church.

“Our families can just come to the door and we can take their information,” she said. “It’s a great system.”

The packages contain a number of items but unfortunately can’t be ‘custom-made’ to a particular person or family at this time, she said.

As to the lesser numbers of users these days, Birch believes it could be in part due to the emergency funding that has been made available over the past weeks.

“They are maybe also choosing to not come to the food bank right now,” she said. “Our users were down by close to one-half during the month of April,” she said, adding that 88 hampers went out instead of a normal number of 150.

Staff and volunteers are following all of the pandemic safety protocols put forward by the province as well.

Meanwhile, a new hamper delivery service is up and running – marking a partnership between the food bank and Stettler FCSS.

“The hampers are being prepared in boxes, and for those on foot, these aren’t as easy to carry home as a handful of grocery bags,” she said. Anyone interested in this delivery service is encouraged to call the FCSS office at 403-742-2337.

“We prepare it and the Handibus will pick it up from us on regular food bank days and deliver it,” she said.

The Stettler Food Bank is open to clients Tuesday and Thursday from one p.m. until three p.m., and Wednesday from seven p.m. until 8 p.m.

For more information about the Stettler Food Bank, contact Betty Birch at 403-742-0732.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

Sylvan Lake RCMP continue to search for missing man

43-year-old Steven Michael Hull is still missing and Sylvan Lake RCMP are seeking public assistance

Lacombe County Reopens Sandy Point Beach for the season

Signage is posted at the beach outlining public health orders

Still no confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer, central zone

There are 15 new confirmed cases were in Alberta, the province said Thursday

Sylvan Lake baseball stadium on track for 2021 season

The Sylvan Lake Gulls announced plans for the stadium and the team continue to move ahead as planned

A letter from the publisher

Eckville Echo’s Publisher, Barb Pettie, addresses the readers of the paper in a letter

‘It’s brewing’: Inmates, guards worry about violence after COVID-19 lockdown

‘Thirteen weeks in a cage the size of your (bathroom) has been pretty devastating’

Feds sign $105-million deal with Bombardier for two new Challenger jets

Department of National Defence announced the deal with Bombardier on Saturday

‘Alarmed:’ Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Public Health Agency of Canada does not collect information on long-haul truckers

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Most Read