A Fort Saskatchewan church is trying to give back to the community.
The Benevolence Group of the Place of Rest church is organizing a Community Food Pantry, specifically aimed at helping residents that the pandemic has impacted.
"I don't believe we've even seen the [full] impacts of the pandemic yet. We see that it's a lot of people who lost their income; they are unable to access nutritious foods and just generally unable to pay their bills," explained one of the organizers, Jibs Abitoye. "We have no restrictions. Everyone is welcome."
The food is all being provided by the church, with some help from grants, and the event is run by members who are volunteering their time.
To limit the amount of contact people have with each other, it is being run as a drive-thru event. After being directed by volunteers, residents will drive up and will be brought a box of food.
"We don't expect people to spend more than five minutes at the food pantry," added Abitoye.
She added this is the first time they have run an event like this bit all volunteers have taken food safety training to make sure everything is safe for the public.
The food pantry will start on June 13. It will run every second and fourth Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. until September.
The event will be held at the Eastgate Plaza at 104-8818 11 Street in Fort Saskatchewan.