Lydia Sacallis, 9, and her brother Adonie, 11, handcuffed themselves together in the foyer of the Red Deer Superstore to raise money for a variety of charities around the world. File photo

Donations accepted for Red Deer Food Bank at three supermarkets

Those who choose to donate food items at some Red Deer supermarkets will be helping the Red Deer Food Bank this holiday season.

For many Canadians, it’s easy to picture a holiday feast: platters generously heaping with delicious food and all the fixings. But for Canada’s 800,000 monthly food bank users, holiday dinners don’t have the same ring.

That’s why Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club and Your Independent Grocer in Red Deer have teamed up with the Red Deer Food Bank for their holiday food drive, which is on now until December 24.

“We know that sometimes there’s a big difference between dinner at our own house and what’s on the table just down the street,” says Serena Paron, manager at Real Canadian Superstore. “This year we want to inspire people in Red Deer to make meaningful donations of funds and food to our local food bank so we can help bridge the gap between neighbours and make sure everyone has a happy holiday and nutritious food throughout the winter months.”

The three Red Deer stores are calling for donations of nutritious nonperishable food items – think of healthy items you would choose to feed your own family – as well as baby food and money. It’s easy to donate – simply place food items in the special food drive bins in-store or make a monetary donation at the checkout.

Statistics confirm that Canadians are closer to the issue of hunger than ever before. Nearly half of Canadians admit they know someone who has visited a food bank, up from 40 per cent in 2012. But there’s some reassurance in the fact that 80 per cent of people in a recent Food Banks Canada survey said that Canadians like themselves play a role in helping those in need.

“We really see people stepping up to support their local food bank, whether it is during the holiday season or throughout the year,” says Stephanie Walsh-Rigby of Food Banks Alberta. “We hope the Loblaw holiday campaign will give community members across Alberta a reason to get out and donate so we can all enjoy the holidays together.”



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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