An increase in monetary donations is helping the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank keep up with the growing need for its services.
The local nonprofit recently enjoyed a significant boost in annual cash donations — from $135,0000 in 2016 to $206,000 in 2017.
The entirely volunteer-run food bank uses donations to buy fresh produce, meat and dairy products to add to the pasta, peanut butter, canned goods and other items in its food hampers.
More people than ever before are turning to the local organization for help with meeting basic food needs. Clients took home 3109 hampers in 2017, 29 percent more than the year before.
According to food bank vice president Kassandra Gartner, 96 percent of the group’s expenses go directly to providing services to local clients.
"I think people understand that we are really servicing a need and it's tangible. It's food for people's neighbours. For somebody's child that's in your child's classroom," Gartner said.
Gartner added that some friends of the food bank prefer to drop off food donations in person while others find it easier to write a cheque. All types of donations are helping the food bank ensure no one in Fort Saskatchewan has to go hungry.
“Our community support has been so strong,” she said. “And the community has been there for us so that we would never have to say to somebody we're not able to help you."

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