Airdrie Food Bank invites residents to open house
Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 11:08 am
On June 17, the Airdrie Food Bank is opening its doors to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a tour of the facility and reception.
“Mostly, we’d love people to come out and see what we’ve accomplished with their support,” said Sue Methuen, executive assistant for the Airdrie Food Bank.
Attendees will have the opportunity to see the warehouse and how the food bank operates at the open house, and get a chance to see where the new facility will be built.
“We’ll have information as well about our other programs and services,” Methuen said.
Refreshments will also be offered to guests in the front foyer where they will have a chance to mingle with food bank staff and volunteers.
Methuen said the food bank will highlight the Neighbours Helping Neighbours initiative and hopes to show the public how every piece of food donated, from a can of soup dropped off at collection sites throughout the city to huge food drives, goes to those in need.
“It all helps our neighbours in need,” Methuen said.
From January to March 31, 2013, the Airdrie Food Bank has provided 266 hampers with seven to 10 days’ worth of food to 751 people, served breakfast to 1,538 elementary school students through the R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program and gave bread and extras to 934 families, according to the food bank’s website.
“It’s amazing how much people support us,” Methuen said.
The food bank has eight staff members and more than 100 volunteers, the executive assistant said.
“We absolutely could not run without our volunteers,” Methuen added.
No registration is needed to attend the June 17 open house and though donations are appreciated, they are not necessary to attend the event.
“It’s not so much about collecting food, but more about showing what people’s support has accomplished,” Methuen said of the event.