Edmonton Food Drive Helps Those in Need
This week brings a cornucopia of thanks from Edmonton’s Food Bank. On Saturday, September 29 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went door to door collecting donations to help stock the shelves at Edmonton’s Food Bank. In 2017, the Edmonton Food Drive raised a total of 100,312 kilograms (221,148 lbs) to help feed people in need.
This year’s food drive was a resounding success with 77,080 kilograms collected at the door with an additional 37,935 kilograms donated at local grocery stores and fire stations. This year’s campaign generated an astounding 115,015 kilograms of food in total – an increase over last year’s record!
“While the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were glad to organize this drive and provide the 4,000 volunteers, the people of Edmonton are the real heroes, their generosity was overwhelming,” says Chantelle McMullin, Spokesperson, Edmonton Food Drive.
“It is great to see the community come together to help those in need. We thank everyone who contributed to making the Edmonton Food Drive such a success,” says Executive Director Marjorie Bencz, CM. “We are thankful for the commitment of the volunteers and the donations from the community so we can continue to help Edmontonians in need – thank you.”
In addition to ongoing community meal programs, during Thanksgiving Edmonton’s Food Bank provided 28 Edmonton agencies with food for traditional Thanksgiving meals. Over 950 turkeys, hundreds of hams as well as fruits, vegetables, bread and pastries were shared with local agencies. This means that more than 9,000 people in need enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner.