Saskatoon food bank takes in donations of more than one million kilograms of grub

By Morgan Modjeski, Metro Saskatoon July 26, 2013 - Talk about getting stuffed. The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre saw more than a million kilograms of food donated to the organization last year, and staff say the level of donations goes a long way toward helping the most vulnerable.

Announced at the organization’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, donations were valued at about $3.8 million. Deborah Hamp, director of operations and engagement, said Saskatoon’s community is always willing to lend a hand.

“We’re very sincerely overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of support that we receive from the community,” said Hamp.

“People here really step up. Whether that’s through volunteering or donating foods or funds. … What we’re seeing is we live in a community where many people are no longer willing to tolerate the fact that so many of our friends and neighbours are living in poverty.”

Hamp explained that although the amount of food donated last year seems high, with more than 12,000 requests for food a month, the organization has no problem finding a use for it.

“It’s just a matter of staying consistent with what our community needs,” Hamp said. “Right now, we do a pretty good job of meeting those needs, but of course at different times throughout the year, that can fluctuate.”

According to the food bank’s annual report, the one million kilograms of goods was distributed a variety of ways. More than 700,000 kilograms has been used to help individuals and families and more than 53,000 kilograms has supported 41 local agencies.

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