Edmonton's Food Bank meets funding target despite economic downturn

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Edmonton’s Food Bank has completed another successful festive campaign, the organization said Wednesday.

“Because of your help, we are pleased to announce that we have reached our food and fundraising goals of 300,000 kilograms of food and $4 million,” said executive director Marjorie Bencz in an interview with Postmedia.

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“Over the last eight weeks, we have been helped thanks to the gracious support from our donors, volunteers, and others who make up the wonderful city we serve.”

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The food bank was overwhelmed by the sense of community, Bencz said, and this year was no exception. With the help of events in the community, at schools, businesses, and from individuals raising food and funds, Edmonton’s Food Bank is in a position to welcome 2024 prepared and ready to serve.

“Donations during this time allow Edmonton’s Food Bank to enter the new year ready to help people experiencing food insecurity and feed those who need it most,” Bencz said. “We food raise and fundraise can-by-can and dollar-by-dollar. Knowing that we have so many in our community supporting our work is humbling. Thank you for helping us meet our goals as we continue to put food on the table for our neighbours in need.”

While the holiday season amplifies people’s desire to support and donate, hunger is a year-round issue. To find out ways to give, visit edmontonsfoodbank.com.

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