Annual Alberta Food Drive seeking Beaumont's donations

The tenth annual Alberta Food Drive is once again coming to Beaumont this month and is relying on the community's generous donations and help.

Beaumont's annual Alberta Food Drive is preparing for another big haul of donations this year. Volunteers will be dropping off donation bags during the week of Sept. 23-27. File Photo

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The 10th annual Alberta Food Drive is once again coming to Beaumont this month and is relying on the community’s generous donations and help.

Donations help support the Leduc & District Food Bank as part of a province-wide initiative to keep food banks stocked during a busy time of year.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Beaumont will be organizing the food drive, with help from the community’s churches, on Sept. 27, dropping off donation bags at residences throughout the week prior. On Saturday morning, volunteers will pick up donations between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

“The shelves are not very full and there’s a huge need,” said Joe Cirillo, a food drive volunteer. “This year we’re asking the community to be extra generous when they’re giving to the food bank so we can exceed what we did last year.”

In the past eight years, the number of Albertans requiring food assistance has risen 136 per cent, according to the Alberta Food Drive. One in six Albertans rely on food banks to make ends meet, and 40 per cent of those are youth and children under 18. During this time of year, food bank resources are stretched to their limit providing support for families.

Last year, Beaumontonians donated nearly 6,000 pounds worth of donations, and the food drive is hoping to top it this year.

“We’re asking the community … to stand up and stand out to make a difference,” Cirillo said. “It’s our turn to give back. We want to encourage the community to do their best … and to assist in this great, great need.”

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