With increasing demand, the Fort's food bank is preparing this year’s Christmas hampers.
As the festive season draws near, the Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherer’s Society is gearing up to spread some Christmas cheer, by providing Christmas hampers to those in need.
The food bank is putting together between 150 to 200 Christmas hampers for the upcoming holiday season.
“We have a lot of families that are struggling right now and every year there is. It just helps them enjoy Christmas a little better, some families can’t provide for their children and it’s important that they children have a good Christmas,” said Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherer’s Society president Marlene LeRoux.
She noted they have seen a 30 per cent increase in usage throughout November.

“We’re definitely up over last year. We’ve had a very busy month of November and we did approximately 300 hampers last month,” said LeRue.
She said there could be many reasons behind this, including the economy, people taking jobs not within their fields and, in turn, taking a pay cut as well as people on medical insurance.
To keep up with the demand, the food bank uses social media.
“It’s been very affective,” she said. “We put what we need on our Facebook page and we end up being able to top off those supplies, so it’s amazing how quickly that can be done when we need it.”
Right now they are in need of cereal, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pork, beans and Kraft Dinner.

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