Van Raay gives In­ter­faith Food Bank a boost

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS

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.

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