The cupboards are bare at the Bonnyville Native Friendship Centre in Alberta. The Food Bank there is looking for canned fruit, jam, peanut butter, canned meat, pancake syrup, cookies, canned beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, boxed potatoes, hamburger helper, crackers, juice boxes, coffee, and tuna.
The Food Bank had a record number of users in December at 279 individuals using the service and January tracked even higher. They expected donations made at Christmas would last until February or March, but the Food Bank is struggling to provide to people in need.
The lagging economy and lack of jobs is putting pressure on the service, from seniors, single parent family and the “hidden homeless”—couch surfers or people who live in their cars.
The centre can always use some warm clothing supplies too. Mittens, socks, clothes for school-aged children Grades 2 to 7.
Drop by if you’re close by to 4711 – 50th Avenue, or make a donation at their website https://bonnyvillefriendshipcentre.com/