The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank is getting ready for the Better Together food drive, which is coming hot on the heels of the FCC Drive Away Hunger food drive that took place earlier this month.
“We’ve got (two) days left to get this place prepared to bring pallets in,” said food bank manager Terri Smith.
She said the Better Together food drive is easily the biggest food drive of the year for the food bank. Last year it brought in around 54,000 pounds of food alone. However, coming just two weeks after the Drive Away Hunger food drive, which raised over 16,000 pounds of food for the food bank, Smith says she’s unsure of what to expect this year.
“Our shelves were really bare before the FCC drive and now they’re slowly filling them all up and we’re gonna be set for the next couple weeks with all the food that came from that drive. And then the Better Together food drive gets us through Christmas, Spring and right into summer, almost in time for the next food drive.”
Smith says food drives like these really go a long way in keeping the shelves replenished throughout the year, but small ongoing donations really help them keep going day-to-day. “A lot of people think it may not be that much, but one can of tuna is a lunch.”
This year, Smith says the food bank can really use donations of cereals, peanut butter, granola bars, cookies, crackers and things of that nature. “Coffee is one of those things that’s not really a necessity, but something that is nice to have,” says Smith. “And again, the basics: canned soups, Kraft dinner, pastas — the staples.”
The local food bank helps over 9,000 people a year.
“We help over 3,000, maybe 3,500 children a year. And we hand out approximately 300 to 330 hampers (a month) depending on the season,” says Smith, adding that the Christmas season is usually the busiest.
“December can be a pretty hard month,” says Smith. “This is our busy time — from October to January we stay hopping pretty good. With the donations coming in and the clients coming in, it’s really busy. This is the time of year we need to stock up so all this food lasts us until next year.”
For the rest of this story check out the Nov. 30 edition of the Times-Herald.