Van Raay gives Interfaith Food Bank a boost
Inspired to contribute to community hunger needs, Picture Butte native philanthropist Cor Van Raay recently donated $5,000 to the Interfaith Food Bank in Lethbridge to ensure their shelves are stocked and ready to help those in need of emergency food assistance.
Van Raay has a long history of supporting the community by making sizable contributions to the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, YMCA and many other local projects, including contributing $1 million to the Picture Butte swimming pool.
“Mr. Van Raay is a great example of someone who knows what it means to give back to the community,” says Danielle McIntyre, executive director with Interfaith Food Bank. “When public funds aren’t available, it’s up to us as citizens to create the world we’d like to live in. Providing for our most vulnerable community members is a priority, and we are so grateful for donors like Cor Van Raay who help to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.”
The autumn season is the start of the busiest season for the Interfaith Food Bank, as they begin to prepare for the colder months ahead.
Food banks typically see an increase in demand as soon as the weather turns cold, as children return to school, utility bills increase, and temporary summer positions come to an end.
The Season of Giving, from Thanksgiving through to Christmas, reminds community members there are others less fortunate who could use a hand up at this time of the year.
Southwest Alberta food banks and other charities rely on the spirit of generosity to help meet the growing demand of the season.
Organizers encourage the community to connect with their charity of choice to make a contribution, volunteer time, or to help inspire others to celebrate the Season of Giving. For more information on the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge, visit interfaithfoodbank.ca.