Freedom Ford Drives up with a big Donation
Earlier this month we were the lucky recipients of a big donation from the folks at Freedom Ford, who generously donated $12,500 to help us with our work. Freedom Ford is one of the dealerships that also help us during Ford’s We Scare Hunger campaign in the Fall.
We receive no funding for operations from any level of government, relying on the generosity of the community to achieve our mission. “Edmonton’s Food Bank is pleased to have community partners to help us feed Edmontonians in need. Our work would not be possible without such wonderful community support,” says Marjorie Bencz, CM, Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank. “These funds help the Food Bank purchase food when donations are low, keep trucks running to pick up large donations, and fund the operations of our warehouse. Feeding Edmonton is truly a community endeavour and couldn’t be done without the support of donors, like Freedom Ford, and our hundreds of volunteers.”
Through our hamper program we serve over 20,000 people in need every month. These people are our neighbours, coworkers and friends as well as their children, 40% of those receiving food from the Food Bank are under 18 years old. These numbers have increased by a staggering 7,000 people per month in the last two years.
Edmonton’s Food Bank also serves as a central warehouse and food hub for more than 230 agencies, churches, food depots and schools providing food for almost 500,000 meals and snacks every month. Edmonton’s Food Bank is able to collect, store and redistribute surplus and donated food to these agencies allowing them to concentrate on their areas of expertise. In 2016, the Food Bank collected, sorted, repackaged and redistributed 4.2 million kilograms of food with a value of $23,100,000.
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