By Lisa Joy
Blackfalds Food Bank’s biggest expense is meat and they recently received $5,527 worth of meat from Nossack Fine Meats of Red Deer that will go a long way to help feed the hungry.
The Blackfalds Food Bank board wanted to reduce some of its expenses so they reached out to Nossack and asked if they would be interested in donating to the food bank.
“Their response was immediate that they would fill our freezers with various products that Nossack offers,” said Karie Ackermann, Community Building Initiative Administrator for Blackfalds Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).
“When we got the delivery we were amazed and so thankful for their donation as it will be a huge benefit to those accessing the food bank.”
The number of people using the services of the Blackfalds Food Bank continues to increase with 483 people needing help so far in 2017.
“We have provided 160 more hampers at this time compared to last year,” said Ackermann.
With the increased need, food bank volunteers aren’t sure how far the meat donation will go but hope that it lasts six to 10 months.
“We haven’t received a donation like this before so we don’t know yet how long it will take for us to use the meat up. With the numbers increasing and the demand on the food bank still high, it is uncertain what to expect for numbers.”
The Blackfalds Food Bank is accepting donations; both monetary or non-perishable food items. There are drop off bins located at the Blackfalds Library, Blackfalds FCSS, Blackfalds IGA, After the Grind and at the Abbey Centre.
Anyone needing help from the food bank please go into the Blackfalds FCSS office at 5016 Waghorn Street or call Karie Ackermann at 403-885-0119.
By Lisa Joy