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Food Bank still providing for family needs
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
The Crowsnest Pass Food Bank is working hard to continue providing for families in need during the pandemic.

Desiree Erdmann, Coordinator for the food bank, says that the food bank has made some modifications to operations but says things are still going well.

“We have modified Food Bank operations to delivery only. Our clients call in their order and Alberta Small Haul and the Coleman Lions Club provide no contact delivery. We have reduced the number of volunteers at the Food Bank to ensure safe distancing. Our hours have changed to Monday and Wednesday 3-5:30 to help reduce the number of volunteers needed. The change in process has been smooth for us.”

The pandemic has hit some local residents hard and the increased need has been felt at the food bank.
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According to Erdmann, food bank needs have increased 35 percent in April compared to March.

With the closure of schools, Erdmann says the food bank received extra funding from ISS and HAS.

“We have received the nutrition program funding from ISS and HAS. Many of our clients relied on the healthy breakfast and lunch programs at the schools. Families with school-aged children can now access the Food Bank every two weeks instead of every four. They are also provided with extra fruit, vegetables, yogurt, protein etc. to help ensure meals are provided for them at home.”

Erdmann says donations can still be made during this time as well.
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“Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at Red Apple, IGA or Servus Credit Union. If you would like to bring your donations directly to the Food Bank please knock on the back door. Monetary donations can be made on www.canadahelps.org, by e-transfer to cnpfoodbank@shaw.ca or by cheque mailed to Box 675, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0.”

Erdmann says monetary donations are best as they can stretch a dollar by purchasing in bulk.

Erdmann would also like to thank the community for all the support for the food bank during this time.

“We'd like to thank our volunteers and everyone who has donated to the Food Bank. We couldn't do this without these kind and caring community members.”
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