The Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers society, which operates the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank, was awarded $690,550 through the province’s Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). 

Officials from the Alberta government, Fort Saskatchewan city council, Food Banks Alberta and the Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society gathered at the Food Bank on Wednesday (Apr. 13) for the announcement. 

“Through the grant program, we were able to make a contribution of almost $700,000 to this facility for Fort Saskatchewan, which by the way, is an amazing facility for a food bank,” said the minister of culture and status of women, Ron Orr. 

The Food Bank has been in its current building since June last year. With the CFEP grant and other fundraising efforts, the Food Bank has raised just over $1.4-million. The funds allowed the Society to purchase the Food Bank’s new building and property on Mar. 1. 

"We are very happy to be making this announcement today and sharing this good news with our community,” said Food Bank executive director Kassandra Gartner. 

“A modern, larger facility was crucial to the Food Bank continuing to support the growing need within our community. Developing the plan to acquire a new building, navigating the major process to acquire a commercial property, and now seeing the building being purchased is very rewarding,” 

Additionally, the Food Bank launching the public phase of their campaign Wednesday, with a goal of raising $1.6-million to complete the project and provide the Food Bank a forever home. 

According to the food bank, to date, hamper collection has increased by 25 per cent over 2021. 

 Some of the most needed items currently include: 

  • Toilet paper 
  • Rice 
  • Healthy Cereal 
  • Canned Fruit 
  • Cookies 
  • Jam 
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Soap/body wash 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Cleaning supplies