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More Food Bank donations needed in central Alberta

2019 has been a tough year for many people

It’s been a tough year for many people, so central Albertans are asked to consider making a food or monetary donation to their local food bank.

The Real Canadian Superstore, like many grocery stores, is collecting non-perishable food donations to help make a positive impact in the lives of people in need.

Until Dec. 24, all Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club and Your Independent Grocer stores will be collecting nonperishable food items as well as cash donations to help community members in need across Red Deer.

One hundred per cent of donations collected at each store will stay in the community. In Red Deer, all food and monetary donations will go to the local food bank, which has seen a growing number of clients.

In 2019, single adult households represent close to 50 per cent of food bank users. This is a record high — and up 38 per cent from 2010.

The Food Banks Canada’s Hunger Count 2019 Report shows that in Alberta, children make up close to 40 per cent of those using food banks.

Almost one in eight food bank clients is working, but unable to make ends meet.

“As the winter closes in, and especially leading up to the holidays, there are many stresses on a household budget. Sometimes, there just isn’t enough money for everything,” says Alice Kolisnyk from the Red Deer Food Bank Society.

“The Real Canadian Superstore holiday campaign comes at a perfect time each year to help make the holidays brighter for everyone, and to help local food banks, and our clients, get through the long months ahead.”

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