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Food bank donations up

Attendees at this year's St. Albert Gazette Pancake Breakfast brought in more food and cash donations than last year.

Donations are up at the St. Albert Food Bank, after a recent plea for help over a 10 per cent spike in client demand. This has led to depleted stores of food and trimmed down food hampers for all.

“People are responding. They’re coming in every day, dropping food off,” said a somewhat relieved executive director Suzan Krecsy. “It’s fabulous.”

By her tally, more than 1,000 lbs. of food has been donated in the last week since she put out the call. That includes 570 lbs. of non-perishable food and nearly $600 that was donated just at last Saturday’s Rainmaker Rodeo pancake breakfast. That’s up from 547 lbs. and $474 from last year’s figures.

The assistance is very much appreciated.

“As usual, St. Albert steps up. Things are good. They’re really picking up. I’m not nearly as sad as I was before.”

Since the start of the year, she has seen client numbers increase by up to 28 more per month than in the same month in 2014. Still with one day left in May, she was predicting that she could see up to 40 more clients requesting hampers.

To further alleviate things, drop off bins are on location today at the Children’s Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Shred It event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 47 Riel Drive. She also has bins planned for the Take It or Leave It at Servus Place next Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the St. Albert Farmers’ Market on July 11 and Sept. 12.

Krecsy requested that people donate the following top 10 list of items to help the most clients in need:

• powdered milk

• canned milk

• oatmeal

• cereal

• canned vegetables

• juice boxes

• granola bars

• brown beans

• mixed meats (flaked ham, chicken and turkey)

• Enfamil A+ infant formula.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.