Loblaw Com­pa­nies Na­tional Hol­i­day Food Drive will ben­e­fit south­west food banks

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Christmas -

This hol­i­day sea­son our lo­cal Loblaw stores, Real Cana­dian Su­per­store, Troy’s No Frills, Si­mon’s No Frills, and Real Cana­dian Whole­sale Club will kick off the Loblaw Com­pa­nies Na­tional Hol­i­day Food Drive which runs from now un­til Dec. 24, to sup­port food banks across the coun­try.

To help ad­dress the need for dona­tions, our lo­cal Loblaw stores are call­ing on the Leth­bridge com­mu­nity to donate non­per­ish­able food items and funds at check­out.

Ac­cord­ing to part­ner food banks, In­ter­faith Food Bank and Leth­bridge Food Bank, an es­ti­mated 3000-3400 res­i­dents, 42 per cent of them chil­dren, rely on a food bank in an av­er­age month in Leth­bridge and area.

“Hunger is a year round re­al­ity for far too many fam­i­lies,” says Danielle McIn­tyre of In­ter­faith Food Bank.

“The Loblaw Com­pa­nies Na­tional Hol­i­day Food Drive helps us re­plen­ish our stock and fight hunger in our com­mu­nity. Adding just one item to the food do­na­tion bin or a few ex­tra dol­lars to your gro­cery bill makes a big dif­fer­ence to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need.”

What should cus­tomers add to their shop­ping list?

Ac­cord­ing to Maral Kiani Tari of Leth­bridge Food Bank, the most needed non-per­ish­able items in­clude peanut but­ter, baby food, canned fruits and veg­eta­bles, canned fish or meat and beans.

Other needed items in­clude pasta and sauce, rice, whole grain ce­re­als and other dry foods.

One hun­dred per cent of food dona­tions and 85 per cent of cash dona­tions will go di­rectly to our lo­cal food banks, while the re­main­ing 15 per cent of do­nated cash will sup­port pro­vin­cial food bank pro­grams. Loblaw gro­cery stores have a long his­tory of sup­port­ing food banks in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and en­cour­age cit­i­zens to con­trib­ute to the na­tional food drive to ben­e­fit lo­cal and pro­vin­cial food bank pro­grams.

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