Three organizations are teaming up to bring healthy food options to Blackfalds families starting next week.
“COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties, and with the schools closing, there is a need to support low-income families with food insecurity issues and concerns,” said Karie Ackermann, Blackfalds Family and Community Support Services’ community building initiative administrator.
“Schools in our community would (normally) provide a nutritious lunch and snack opportunity for many children living in low-income situations, but now that schools have closed, this is no longer available.
“This program was created to help children in our community receive healthy lunches and snacks.”
More than $10,000 has been raised for the program so far.
Every Tuesday and Thursday at noon, staff and volunteers will provide residents with lunchboxes, while maintaining social distancing. Those who have registered will receive an email weekly and will be able to order each week if they need to access the program.
The pick-up location will be disclosed only to those who are registered, to keep the area as safe and contained as possible.
Anyone interested in donating or registering, is asked to contact FCSS at 403-600-9066.
The initiative is also supported by Blackfalds Food Bank and After the Grind.