Get ready to Stuff that Bus

Sal­va­tion Army ral­lies to stock food bank in time for back-to-school

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Se­cur­ing enough re­sources for back-to-school sea­son can be tough for fam­i­lies on a shoestring bud­get in these tough times. Pens, pa­per, back packs, new clothes all seem to be Septem­ber ne­ces­si­ties, but con­tin­u­ally top­ping the shop­ping lists of par­ents at this sum­mer's close will be food to fuel their kids’ minds while they learn.

Tha t ’s where Stuff that Bus comes in.

The an­nual end-of-sum­mer food drive re­turns to Drumheller on Thurs­day, Au­gust 25, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm at the ATB park­ing lot, and The Sal­va­tion Army will again be look­ing for Drumheller to sup­port the com­mu­nity's mem­bers

“Our big food drives for the year are in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber,” says Drumheller of­fi­cer Jen­nifer Hil­lier, “so the big­gest stretch for us with­out a food drive is Jan­uary to the end of sum­mer. We’re con­tin­u­ally in need of re­sources, and we tend to run low on sup­plies, so we’re look­ing for­ward to Stuff that Bus and for the com­mu­nity to come out and sup­port their neigh­bours.”

“Gear­ing up for back-toschool time can be a stress­ful time for fam­i­lies – it can be a drain on re­sources to pur- chase ev­ery­thing you need, so we cer­tainly see fam­i­lies show up at the food bank look­ing for sup­port.”

Hil­lier says last year The Sal­va­tion Army saw a huge in­crease in de­mand, which has since lev­elled out, but it’s a con­tin­ual strug­gle stock­ing the shelves for in­di­vid­u­als who just can’t make it in­de­pen­dently.

“The last few years have been a strug­gle for peo­ple through­out the prov­ince,” said Hil­lier. “What we’re see­ing now is a typ­i­cal pat­tern of need for the food bank. We would love to work our­selves out of a job and not have a need for the food bank, so any­time we see a de­crease in need is good news for us.”

She says there’s a de­mand for kid-friendly, non-per­ish­able items like gra­nola bars, pud­ding, fruit cups, cook­ies, and crack­ers through­out the year, but the school year boosts the need on these items.

Or­ga­nizer Shan­non Wade said the fo­cus of this par­tic­u­lar drive, which aims to fill a school bus full of good­ies, is on stu­dents.

“We’re try­ing to pro­mote get­ting things kids will need so they have good, healthy lunches and can func­tion at school. It doesn’t have to be break­fast stuff – they will still have to eat sup­pers, too. We pro­mote the back-to-school thing to make

We're try­ing to pro­mote get­ting things kids will need so they have good, healthy lunches and can func­tion at school.” Shan­non Wade or­ga­nizer

sure they’re eat­ing well,” Wade said.

For ev­ery pound of food do­nated, Encana will do­nate $2, or $1 for ev­ery $1 do­nated up to $5,000. Cash do­na­tions are also ac­cepted and will be ex- changed for a char­ity re­ceipt.

“Cash is just as good as gro­ceries, if they pre­fer,” said Wade. “That way, The Sal­va­tion Army can go get what­ever they need off of the store shelves."

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Stuff that Bus re­turns again this year on Thurs­day, Au­gust 25 to help stock the shelves of The Sal­va­tion Army food bank be­fore com­mu­nity kids head back to school.

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