Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, said the agency had great holiday season thanks to the generosity of central Albertans. (File Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, said the agency had great holiday season thanks to the generosity of central Albertans. (File Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Red Deer Food Bank provides huge boost during holiday season

In a year of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Deer Food Bank was glad the holiday season brought a familiar feeling.

That feeling was hope, as the community stepped up their donations and made this year better for a lot of those who are less fortunate.

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, said she was proud of the way that central Albertans came out to support them this year.

“The community stepped right up to the plate and they are very generous and we’re still feeding people, it’s just been a great Christmas,” she said.

Kolisnyk noted that this time of year is often their busiest, but with COVID-19, she wasn’t sure how people would respond.

“Christmas typically is, the time we get the majority of our donations – between the middle of November and the end of December, is when we get 70 per cent of our annual donations,” she said.

“This year was no different, mind you, we weren’t sure what this Christmas was going to be like because of COVID-19.”

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Kolisnyk added that in early January they still typically see a fair amount of donations, but that number starts to dip as the month progresses. She isn’t sure how that trend will hold up this time around.

“It’s very unclear at this point, but because of the community’s generosity, we’re in a good place that we’re going to be able to feed everybody that comes through the door,” she said.

Earlier in December, the City of Red Deer donated over 245 lbs of food to the organization, which has also helped them with their stock heading into 2021.

Heading into the new year, the food bank can use donations of peanut butter, canned meat, rice, pasta, dry soup, canned veggies, canned beans, canned soup and juice boxes.

Red Deerians can help out the food bank by dropping non-perishable food items off at local grocery stores, or they can make a monetary donation online.

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